1860s

Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States

By Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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Uses slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders, and other documents to chronicle the various stages leading to the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

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Bury Me Not in a Land of Slaves: African-Americans in the Time of Reconstruction

By Joyce Hansen

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An account of African-American life in the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War, based on first-person narratives, contemporary documents, and other historical sources.

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The Germania Mill Blaze

As the first Germania Mill blazed, local artist Gustavus Erickson captured the fury of the flames. Earlier, he had painted the conflagration at the woolen factory. The painting was given by Mrs. Frances Jones in memory of Charles Seddon Latham and William Deacon Latham, both Gustavus Erickson paintings are owned by the Fredericksburg Museum and Cultural Center.