Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||James F. Gibson|
|Context||Gibson was one of several photographers of the Civil War.|
|Audience||The general public in the North|
|Purpose||To depict the war|
Slaves seized their freedom during the Civil War before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. These former Virginia slaves escaped to the Union lines in 1862. Termed "contraband," a word that underscored their status as property, escaped slaves both deprived the South of much-needed labor and presented Union leaders with the problem of how to respond to them.