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Broadside recruiting African Americans for military service

1905-02-05

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Color recruitment broadside depicting a Union soldier holding a United States flag with an attached banner declaring "Freedom to the Slave." In the background on one side, African American troops march holding a United States flag bearing the words "U. S. Regt. Colored Troops." On the other side, African Americans walk into a public school. The Union man stands on a Confederate flag, while a slave tears the flag in half. A broken set of shackles lay in the foreground. On verso, a printed statement declares "All SLAVES were made FREEMEN BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, JANUARY 1st, 1863. Come, then, able-bodied COLORED MEN, to the nearest United States Camp, and fight for the STARS AND STRIPES."

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  • Title: Broadside recruiting African Americans for military service
  • Date: 1905-02-05
  • GLC Number: GLC08249

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