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SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1905 (22)  "I doubt the photographer intended it, but his image of two children still 'behind bars' at the opened gate is filled with allegory about the true situation of the freed slaves."  Photographed at the old Goose Creek Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.

Children of Slaves in the American South. Photographed at the old Goose Creek Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (24) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

via 'Slaves, ex-Slaves and Children of Slaves in the American South' by Okinawa Soba

Lets be clear.  There is no such person as a slave, ex-slave, or children of slaves.  We were ENSLAVED.  There is a great difference.  Referring to our ancestors as slaves implies that this was something that they simply were.  Enslavement is imposed.  SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (14)...group of cotton pickers in Florida.

No is a slave, ex-slave, or child of slaves. Referring to our ancestors as slaves implies that this was something that they were. Enslavement is imposed. 1860 of cotton pickers in Florida.

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (11)    Pickin' cotton in Georgia.

Black men and women work Southern cotton fields in the American slave economy — in Georgia.

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