This Image Really is Worth a Thousand Words


Today my Civil War classes are examining sources that will aid them in better understanding the complex set of factors that led to the Second Confiscation Act and Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in the summer of 1862.  I began the class today with this photograph of fugitive slaves fording the Rappahannock River in August 1862 and asked students to think about how it helps us understand this process.  It was another wonderful discussion in what is fast becoming my most enjoyable year of teaching thus far.

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7 comments… add one
  • Mannie Gentile Sep 23, 2008


    Between your post and mine, that’s two-thousand words!


  • Kevin Coy Sep 23, 2008

    Fugitive slaves? Aren’t they rushing off to join the Confederacy?

  • Kevin Levin Sep 23, 2008

    Very funny Kevin. I have no doubt that on one of the SCV’s websites they are doing just that. (LOL)

  • Woodrowfan Sep 23, 2008

    Clearly they were searching for a Confederate recruiting office and made a wrong turn…

  • Woodrowfan Sep 23, 2008

    argh, that’s what I get for not reading the other comments first. never mind

  • Kevin Levin Sep 23, 2008

    It’s the thought that counts.

  • Chris Sep 23, 2008

    I’m more impressed that high school students know more about what led to the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation than me.

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