Digital Resources

America’s Reconstruction: People and Politics After the Civil War

Online exhibition includes sections on “A New Birth of Freedom,” “The Meaning of Freedom,” and “From Slave Labor to Free Labor”

Emancipation Proclamation at the Library of Congress

Part of the Abraham Lincoln Papers: includes introduction, time line, and gallery of digitized letters by Lincoln

Freedom & Emancipation from the PBS Series Slavery and the Making of America

Online exhibition including an interactive game “Imagining Freedom During and After the Civil War” and original documents (manumission papers, abolitionist pamphlets, speeches, etc.)

Judgment Day from the PBS Series Africans in America documenting the years 1831-1865

Focuses on Antebellum Slavery; abolitionism; fugitive slaves and northern racism; and the Civil War (among other topics)

Let Freedom Ring 

Online exhibition from the City University of New York, puts emancipation in context with other freedom and rights movements in American history including the struggles for women’s equality, workers’ rights, and gay and lesbian rights.

The Emancipation Proclamation from National Archives and Records Administration

Includes a digitized version of both the Emancipation Proclamation and the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation read by Lincoln to his cabinet.

The First Step to Freedom: Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

New York State Museum’s online exhibition, includes sections on the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Traces Jim Crow from the time of the Emancipation Proclamation through Brown vs. Board of Education. Includes special sections on personal narratives and on the organizations that upheld and negated the effects of Jim Crow.

Visualizing Emancipation: Interactive Map of the End of Slavery during the Civil War

Allows users to examine emancipation geographically; focusing on themes such as “Abuse of African Americans” and “Fugitive Slaves/Runaways”

“With an Even Hand” Brown v. Board at Fifty

Library of Congress Exhibition describing a century of racial segregation (1849-1950) prior to the 1954 Brown decision.