Images of Slavery in Confederate Currency
I highly recommend The United States Civil War Center’s
online resource, Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency
. The images clearly reflect the role of slavery in the Southern economy/culture and nascent Confederate nation. Along with the words of Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens and other leaders, the currency provides a clear rationale for the creation of the Confederate government. I can’t wait to use this resource with my students. Perhaps a comparison with currency at other points in American history will highlight how it has evolved to reflect the broader culture at any given time.
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