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Reward for Runaway Slaves

Date: April 19 1849
Description: Poster offering $600 reward for the return of three runaway slaves in Calvert County, Maryland. The three slaves are Henry Morsell, Jim Parker, and Bill Hu...
Poster

Testing the First Reaping Machine

Date: 1883
Description: Advertising lithograph depicting the first public demonstration of a mechanical reaper by Cyrus Hall McCormick at Steeles Tavern, Virginia, in 1831. The sc...
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Runaway Slave Reward Poster

Date: May 10 1855
Description: A poster advertising a $100 reward to be issued by Marcus Du Val for his runaway "servant" Matthew Turner. The poster includes a physical description of th...
Photograph

Peter D. Thomas

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Description: Seated portrait of Peter D. Thomas (1847-1925) of Racine. Thomas was an escaped slave who joined the 15th Wisconsin Regiment during its service in Tenness...
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Joshua Glover

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Description: Head and shoulder's portrait of Joshua Glover.
Photograph

Former Slave Sitting on Porch

Date: February 13 1915
Description: African-American man and woman on the front porch of a rural home. The unidentified woman is retrieving water from a well, and the man, J.R. Dean, is sitti...
Photograph

First McCormick Reaper Re-Enactment

Date: 1929
Description: Re-enactors demonstrate a replica of the first reaper built by Cyrus Hall McCormick in 1831. The man raking at the back of the reaper appears to be playing...
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First McCormick Reaper Re-Enactment

Date: 1929
Description: Re-enactors demonstrate a replica of the first reaper built by Cyrus Hall McCormick in 1831. The man raking at the back of the reaper appears to be playing...
Photograph

Lily Richmond Sitting Outside

Date: August 23 1946
Description: Aunt Lily Richmond sang African American spirituals for song collector Helene Stratman-Thomas. Richmond came to Grant County Wisconsin with her parents, fr...
Painting

On a Sugar Plantation in South Carolina

Date: 1859
Description: H√∂lzlhuber felt his most interesting experiences in America were his interactions with southern slavery. "My sketch here shows a negro family as I saw them...
Photograph

Slave from New Orleans

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Description: A carte-de-visite of a slave sitting with three children. The text at the bottom says "Learning is Wealth. Wilson, Charley, Rebecca, & Rosa. Slaves from Ne...
Photograph

Sojourner Truth

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Description: Three-quarter length carte-de-visite of Sojourner Truth. The text at the bottom says "I sell the shadow to support the substance."
Manuscript

"Freedom's Journal"

Date: June 22 1827
Description: Front page of "Freedom's Journal", Volume 1, #15.
Book or Pamphlet

Anti-Slavery Sermon Imprint

Date: 1861
Description: Printed copy of a sermon, "The Duty of the Northern States in Relation to the Future of Slavery," delivered by Rev. William Henry Brisbane, minister of the...
Photograph

Capture of Joshua Glover

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Description: Drawing showing escaped slave Joshua Glover being seized at Racine.
Book or Pamphlet

Runaway Slave

Date: 1837
Description: Image of a runaway slave with stick and satchel.
Photograph

Louis Hughes

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Description: Studio portrait of Louis Hughes, seated and holding a book.
Book or Pamphlet

Slave Catchers

Date: 1849
Description: Drawing of two slave catchers pointing guns at two runaway slaves.
Book or Pamphlet

Mrs. Caroline Quarlls Watkins

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Description: Quarter-length portrait of Caroline Quarlls Watkins, taken when she lived in Sandwich, Ontario.
Photograph

"Romance of the Reaper" Film Still

Date: 1929
Description: Scene from the film "Romance of the Reaper" showing the building of the first practical reaper on the McCormick farm in Virginia. Actors playing the parts...

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