Long before the United States of America was divided by the bloody rift of the Civil War, the evils of slavery drove abolitionists to take up arms against that most pernicious institution. While the former slave Frederick Douglass wrote and lectured and advised presidents, his friend John Brown delivered his message with bullets. The forty-eight cards in this deck treat the history of abolitionism biographically and thematically. Half the cards provide close-ups of women and men who worked to free America’s slaves--writers, editors, activists, underground railway conductors, and leaders of slave rebellions. The other half include detailed essays on such subjects as the Amistad mutiny, abolitionist newspapers, the underground railroad, and black women’s role in the abolitionist movement. 48 fact-filled cards per deck Size: 3¼ x 4".
On view Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, tells of the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. Marking the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I. The voices of citizens responding to the challenge of citizenship are as relevant today as when first spoken, whether that message was delivered in the 19th century or the 21st.