Friday, November 2, 2012

America's Civil War Contraband Camps

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America's Civil War Contraband Camps
"Contraband Camp," is it  a household word? 
Most Americans have never heard of contraband camps, and lack of knowledge concerning the role the camps played in shaping the African American transition to freedom is unfortunate. By some estimates, between 800,000 to one million people--roughly twenty to twenty-five percent of the four million African Americans still enslaved in 1860--left the farms or plantations on which they had been held in bondage, crossing into Union army lines. One observer wrote of the deluge of blacks moving physically across the southern landscape: "Their comings were like the arrival of cities."
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