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They were young and old, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers. Some were well-to-do, others were slaves. All resolved to be a part of the War that would ultimately determine the status of the Black man in America.

 

This talk focuses on women of African descent Susie King Taylor who nursed with Clara Barton; Elizabeth Keckley, dressmaker and confidant to Mary Todd Lincoln; Charlotte Forten, college graduate and first African American to teach freed slaves in the south, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and others and their unique contributions to the war effort.

 

Dr. Annette Jefferson discusses how such women, without access to political power and often lacking material and/or financial resources, acted with strength of character and will to make meaningful contributions to the war that impacted the world and changed a nation.

 

From the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse, 02-28-2013.

Black History Month : Living History Presentation : African American Women During the Civil War

 

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