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        Slavery and the Civil War

        For many, the Civil War was about only one issue: slavery. For others, it was about preserving the Union. The decision to free enslaved people would come slowly and from many sides. For more resources from Mercy Street, check out the collection page.

        Price, Birch & Co, notorious Alexandria, Va. slave dealers

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        A New Orleans slave in typical dress with her charges, circa 1850

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        Slaves washing clothes on a Southern plantation

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        New Orleans free woman, 1856

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        Contraband (runaway slaves) who escaped to Union lines

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