This post is part 2 of the self-emancipation blog series.
What do you think joining the military meant for enslaved African Americans? Look at their expressions. What kind of concerns or emotions do you think they felt as the photographer took this picture? What would you feel in their place?
Brittany C., an interpreter at President Lincoln’s Cottage and a masters student in the American University Public History program, created a website for a project in her history and new media course. Make Freedom Ring explores the idea of agency among enslaved people.
Click here to read the full post about the US Colored Troops.