UGRR - Video (VOTCW)



The Voices of the Civil War film series documents the roles of African Americans in the American Civil War using letters, diaries, newspapers clippings, original photographs, stories and narratives. This film series hopes to illustrate the thoughts, experiences, and contributions of African Americans during this time.

Each episode consist of various primary source materials that help to tell the story of important people and events that changed the course of history.

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Voices of the Civil War Episode 0039 Civil War Ends

On April 9, 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, ending the American Civil War. Only three days later, at the Ford’s Theatre John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln through a fatal gunshot to the head. Americans celebrated the end of the war while mourning the loss of President Lincoln and the thousands who served in battle. Image Credit: Library of Congress


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