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Emancipation and the Meaning of Juneteenth

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Contrabands in Culpeper, Virginia

Photograph by Timothy O'Sullivan. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Civil War Photographs.

Contrabands in Culpeper, Virginia. Many contrabands went to work for the Union army, taking over support duties and work details, freeing up soldiers for fighting. Such men and women often received no pay for their work and were treated with contempt by white Union soldiers.

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