Slave Family, U.S. South, 1860s

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Harper's Weekly (Jan. 31, 1863), p.68. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "contrabands coming into camp in consequence of the proclamation." Many African Americans left the South following the Emancipation Proclamation. Fugitive slaves from the South who escaped to Union lines were called "contraband," that is, confiscated enemy property. This family was quite unusual in that it was able to stay together; rather than stay on the farm, the family chose to "throw themselves at the mercy of the Yankees."