Graphic of part of the Emancipation Proclamation
Rights and POwer: The POlitics of Reconstruction
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 Reconstruction, 1867 (Library of Congress)

Reconstruction, 1867
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The heavens are filled with portraits of American heroes from the North and South, including John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, and Abraham Lincoln.

Below is a vignette with black and white infants sleeping beneath an American eagle holding a streamer that reads, "All men are born free and equal."

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This elaborate allegory with religious overtones embodies the lofty ideals associated with the early years of Reconstruction. The United States, depicted as a colossal pavillion, is literally being reconstructed as the old columns of slavery are replaced with Justice, Liberty, and Education.

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