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        Mercy Street | African American "Contraband" Experience During the Civil War

        Examine what life was like for newly freed people in the South, known as "contraband," during the Civil War in this media gallery from Mercy Street. Using video, primary source documents, informational texts and archival music, students gain a deeper understanding of the challenging road to freedom for African Americans in the United States. For more resources from Mercy Street, check out the collection page.

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        Contraband Encampment

        In this video from Mercy Street learn about the conditions in which formerly enslaved people known as "contraband" lived as they transitioned to a life of freedom.

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        Epidemic

        In this Mercy Street video, Charlotte Jenkins warns the Mansion House staff of a smallpox epidemic in Alexandria, Virginia.

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        Smallpox Tent

        Witness the tragic realities of the smallpox epidemic in Alexandria, Virginia in this video from Mercy Street.

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        There is a Balm in Gilead

        This is an 1910 audio recording of the Fisk University Jubilee Quartet performing "There is a Balm in Gilead."

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