Ride for Liberty

Associated with emancipation in the Civil War are some iconic images. One of these is a painting entitled “Ride for Liberty” produced by the American artist Eastman Johnson. Johnson claimed the painting was based on an actual incident he witnessed on March 2, 1862, when near Manassas, Virginia, when he saw a young slave couple with their child on horseback fleeing toward Union lines. This painting now resides at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. For more information on this iconic painting, please visit their website.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eastman_Johnson_-_A_Ride_for_Liberty_–_The_Fugitive_Slaves_-_ejb_-_fig_74_-_pg_137.jpg

About Donald R. Shaffer

Donald R. Shaffer is the author of _After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans_ (Kansas, 2004), which won the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship in 2005. More recently he published (with Elizabeth Regosin), _Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files_ (2008). Dr. Shaffer teaches online exclusively (i.e., a virtual professor). He lives in Arizona and can be contacted at donald_shaffer@yahoo.com
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1 Response to Ride for Liberty

  1. Edwin Thompson says:

    Hey Donald – I have never visited the Brooklyn Museum, but if you’re in NYC, the New York Historical Society is worth a visit. It has exhibits on slavery in New York, the Civil War, the Haitian Revolution and other stuff. http://www.nyhistory.org/node/16/online

    They also have a 25 minute movie on the history of the New York – the people, business, and geography. The movie alone is worth the price of admission.

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