Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation, 1775

A primary source by John Murray, Lord Dunmore
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1775
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John Murray, Lord Dunmore
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On November 7, 1775, John Murray, Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia, issued a proclamation that established martial law and offered freedom to slaves who would leave patriotic owners and join the British army.

In April 1775, John Murray, the Earl of Dunmore and Virginia’s royal governor, threatened to free slaves and reduce the capital, Williamsburg, to ashes if the colonists rebelled against British authority. In the months that followed, Dunmore’s position became increasingly desperate. His troop strength fell to just 300 men and, on June 8, fearful of being attacked, he abandoned the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg for the safety of a British ship.

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John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore by Joshua Reynolds, 1765 (National Galleries Sc
Dunmore’s Proclamation, printed in the Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertise
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Abraham Lincoln on Slavery and Race

by Roberta McCutcheon
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Roberta McCutcheon

Background

Slavery played a prominent role in America’s political, social, and economic history in the antebellum era. The “peculiar institution” was at the forefront of discussions ranging from the future of the nation’s economy to western expansion and the admission of new states into the Union. The public discourse in the first half of the nineteenth century exposed the nation’s ambivalence about slavery and race. Politicians were increasingly pressured to make their opinions known, and Abraham Lincoln was no exception.

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A Look at Slavery through Posters and Broadsides

by Carla Nordstrom
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Students will examine posters and broadsides from the 1800s to examine attitudes about slavery in the United States at that time.

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Myths and Misconceptions: Slavery and the Slave Trade

by Steven Mintz
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Slavery and World History

Myth: Slavery is a product of capitalism.
Fact: Slavery is older than the first human records.

Myth: Slavery is a product of Western civilization.
Fact: Slavery is virtually a universal institution.

Myth: Slavery in the non-Western world was a mild, benign, and non-economic institution.
Fact: Slaves were always subject to torture, sexual exploitation, and arbitrary death.

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American Slavery and Abolition through Hollywood

by Steven Mintz
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Throughout the twentieth century, many influential Hollywood films, such as Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind, Glory, and Amistad, have helped shape the way Americans have thought about slavery and its legacy.

Birth of a Nation  (1915)

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by Annette Gordon-Reed

Recent years have witnessed an explosion of interest in, and historical scholarship about, American slavery.More »

by Sylvia R. Frey
by Ira Berlin

African American life in the United States has been framed by migrations, forced and free. A forced migration from Africa—the transatlantic slave trade—carried black people to the Americas. A second forced migration—the internal slave trade—transported them from the Atlantic coast to the interior of the American South. A third migration—this time initiated largely, but not always, by black Americans—carried black people from the rural South to the urban North. At the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, African American life is again being transformed by another migration, this time a global one, as peoples of African descent from all parts of the world enter the United States.More »

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