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@JohnSuau1 @dgmusgrove @DCHistory @DCist #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryMonth2019 #historyteacher #EmancipationDay #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory

This came from a special collection of abolition related exonumia. The crude state of preservation is not all that surprising
when you consider the conditions its maker/owner (and likely many subsequent owners) endured after emancipation. TBF It's miracle it survived at all.

The small base metal disc is about 31mm and has a powerful impact when you hold it in your hand and imagine what it meant to ...
the person that made and wore it. This unique medal celebrates the lesser known Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862. It was made from a stock suttler token that would have otherwise become a Civil War soldier's ID tag.
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African American soldiers have served in every war in the United States. In choosing to join the military, African Americans sought to have their service understood by the nation as a demand for liberty and citizenship. We honor your sacrifice. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
African American men and women who engaged in the military made their service useful not only for the good of their country, but to benefit both their personal lives and their community. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
Approximately 5,000 to 6,000 African Americans served in the Colonial Forces; an estimated 20,000 served with the British Forces. Prince Simbo was a Revolutionary War Patriot who fought for his country's liberty, while many remained enslaved. #VeteransDay #APeoplesJourney
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Today in 1861, the Civil War began when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter, S.C. Nearly 200,000 black men served as Union soldiers during the war. Neither side predicted that African Americans would transform the war into a battle for freedom. #ANationsStory
Slavery and its expansion into the western territories divided the nation. Republican Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 election with less than 40% of the popular vote & without winning southern states. News of his victory prompted a secession movement across the South. #ANationsStory
Slavery was deeply woven into the fabric of the United States and challenged the meaning of democracy. Enslaved people’s work formed an economic engine for the country. Bought and sold as property, enslaved people were valued at an estimated $2.7 billion in 1860. #ANationsStory
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To maintain segregation in the South, many white residents sought to make fear part of everyday life for African Americans. #APeoplesJourney
Their tactics included physical violence, economic threats, and psychological intimidation, as well as sexual exploitation. #APeoplesJourney
Confederate veterans organized the first Ku Klux Klan group in Tennessee in 1865—intent on intimidating freedmen across the South.
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