Force, Freedom, and the End of Slavery

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Although the 13th Amendment was crucial for ending slavery, it could not destroy the institution by itself. Instead, slavery endured deep into the summer and fall of 1865 in parts of the South. What killed slavery in the end was also force. By exploring the role of soldiers and slaves in overthrowing the final islands of slavery in the summer and fall of 1865, we can understand the power of slavery and also the way 19th century Americans understood freedom to be a claim for attention from higher powers.



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