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The Slave Experience: Freedom & Emancipation
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Original Documents Freedom & Emancipation

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Laws and Proclamations
Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery
The "Gag Rule" Resolution
The Emancipation Proclamation
The U.S. Constitution, Thirteenth Amendment
The Homestead Act
The Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction
Personal Records and Documentation
Manumission Paper of Samuel Barnett
Speeches and Sermons
A Bridge from Slavery to Freedom
Pamphlets and Petitions
Memorial of the American Convention for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery
Newspaper Articles and Classifieds
"Stolen and Deported Slaves" from the STAUNTON SPECTATOR
Letter from Benjamin Franklin to Vice President John Adams
Letter from Jacob Bruner to Martha J. Bruner
Journals and Diaries
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