Photo – Nov 2014

This photo is from Harper’s Weekly, a newspaper that provided extensive Civil War coverage, in 1879. I found this newspaper in the Archives at Cornell University, where I’m actively researching the impact of the Freedmen’s Bureau on ex-slave land ownership. The Freedmen’s Savings Bank, approved under President Lincoln, in 1865 and by 1873 went under, as a result of The Panic of 1873. Ex-slaves lost all of their savings in the process, hence the quote, “THE FIRST SAVINGS OF THE EMANCIPATED SLAVE EMBEZZLED HERE, BY MEN THAT ‘TRIED TO DO SOME GOOD.'”