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[Corn cob slave doll]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09188 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: circa 1860s Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: With black dyed muslin head and hands, printed cotton dress, belt, and scarf.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Children and Family, Slavery, African American History, Art, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: African Americans and Emancipation