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        Maya Rudolph's Ancestry and the Emancipation Proclamation: Clip | Finding Your Roots

        In this lesson, students learn about the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, the abolishment of slavery, and the struggle for freedom. Maya Rudolph’s third-great-grandparents were slaves in Kentucky in the early 1800s. Although they were freed per the slave owner's will upon his passing, his grandson acted against this directive. Maya's third-great-grandparents sought legal action — and won.

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