Posted on 12/13/2010

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Contraband Carpenter

Contraband Carpenter
From the author: Some runaway slaves who fled into Union lines had skills and occupations acquired on the plantations. This man holds a saw, which is the symbol of his trade. It was probably the first time that this man received pay for his work.

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'Hidden Witness: African American Images from the Dawn of Photography to the Civil War' by Jackie Napolean Wilson

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