America can’t confront slavery’s legacy without reckoning with its long and violent end

Published March 17, 2022


Time featured commentary wriiten by Carole Emberton, that explains how the Emancipation Proclamation was the beginning of a process, and not a single event, that ended slavery in United States. Emberton shares stories from interviews gathered by the Federal Writers Project, a Depression-era initiative that grew out of the Works Progress Administration. “The FWP interviews are filled with [many] emancipation stories, ones that run counter to the scenes of ‘Jubilee’ that we often associated with the Emancipation Proclamation,” she writes. 

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