Friday, November 17

Slavery Exhibit in NY

From Topix
A new exhibit in New York examines how slavery, though outlawed in the state in the 1820s continued to be a divisive issue. It's called 'New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War," and it's a follow up to an exhibit from last year that explored the importance of the slave trade to building the city until it was made illegal.

New York business helped support Southern slave owning plantations by taking raw materials like cotton and shipping it to Europe. For every dollar made off cotton, New York City got 38 cents. In the mid-1800s New York City also became the center of the anti-slavery and abolitionist movements. Both blacks and whites worked separately and together to bring publicize slavery's immorality.

The exhibit runs from now until September 3.


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