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Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863, and the March on Washington 1963: Emancipation Proclamation

Changing America

Changing America Exhibit

The traveling exhibit "Changing America: 1863, Emancipation Proclamation and 1963, March on Washington" will be on display at the Metropolitan State University Library & Learning Center from September 21 - November 4, 2016.

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Journal Articles

Slavery by Another Name - Prologue - Video

This is an excerpt from the documentary film Slavery By Another Name, which tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor, creating a system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Click here to watch the entire film streaming online (including captions).

Michelle Alexander: Roots of Today's Mass Incarceration Crisis Date to Slavery, Jim Crow - Video

Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! speaks with Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness about historical connections between slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration of African Americans.

The Abolitionists - Preview Video

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: impassioned New England newspaper editor William Lloyd Garrison; former slave, author, and activist Frederick Douglass; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom's Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Click here to watch the entire series streaming online.

Union Soldier with Family

African American Union Solider with Family

Image courtesy of Library of Congress

Lesson Plans and Teaching Materials

African American Studies Center


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