Many groups are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, so we thought we'd bring some of them together in one handy post for you.
PBS's American Experience is currently running a miniseries called "The Abolitionists" which chronicles the struggles of anti-slavery activists and allies like Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and Angelina Grimké. Watch streaming online or check your local listings.
They have also created an interactive Abolitionist Map of America that allows you to view images, documents, and videos relating to the history of American slavery. Participants can also add content and tag significant locations. Some of the participating organizations include our neighbors at the Boston Public Library and the Boston Athenaeum, and our friends at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans.
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Amistad and the Library of Congress were featured on Slate.com at the beginning of the month for their copies of another map, A Lynching Map of the United States, 1900-1931, compiled by the Tuskegee Institute. It's a sobering look at the numbers.
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Locally, the State Library of Massachusetts has just opened their new exhibit, It Was Everyone's War: Celebrating the Contributions of Massachusetts to Abolition and the Civil War. The exhibition highlights examples of various groups' contributions to the Union cause during the Civil War and to the eventual abolition of slavery in the United States. It runs through May 31, 2013 and can be viewed outside of the library, Room 341 of the State House during business hours.
The State Library will also be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch next week in connection with the PBS series:
Abolition and WGBH's "The Abolitionists"
Tuesday, January 29th
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Bring your lunch and join us to hear WGBH's Sharon Grimberg, Executive Producer of American Experience's "The Abolitionists". She will speak about the making of the film. Her presentation will include the showing of some clips from the production. This talk will coincide with the current exhibit in the State Library.
You can find more details and registration information on the State Library's blog.
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The Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the American Civil War has a wealth of materials about the role of Massachusetts citizens in the war, including a week-by-week account of the military and civilian efforts, a calendar of commemorative events, information for researchers and educators, and a page of links to numerous resources.
The historical accounts include photographs, artwork, and correspondence from the era, as well as modern scholarship based on those sources. There are even travel suggestions for historically minded visitors to our fair commonwealth.
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Here at the Congregational Library, we have a good selection of abolitionism and anti-slavery materials, including historical texts, periodicals, sermons, biographies, and personal papers. Take a look and see what sounds interesting to you.