The Legacy of Slavery

First for tobacco, then cotton, men and women were brought from Africa as unpaid labor. These were people bought and sold. For food and a roof they worked the fields. As America expanded, so did the debate over this institution called slavery. Those who had enough escaped through the Underground Railroad. Emancipation finally gave them freedom. The National Park Service tells these stories of African-American perseverance.

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Last updated: October 20, 2017