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It’s 1865. You and your family live near Richmond, Virginia. You live in the Confederate States of America. For more than three years, the Confederacy, or Southern states, were at war with the Northern states.
They’re called the Union. Lots of people you know have died. Even though you live in the South, you didn’t want the Confederacy to win. Why? Because your ancestors were brought here from Africa. Everyone in your family has worked on a plantation all their lives. You are an enslaved person.
Two years ago, you heard that Abraham Lincoln, the president of the United States in the North, had issued an “Emancipation Proclamation.” They said it set you free. But nothing changed for you. The war kept going.
Last week, you heard good news: the North had won! But today you found out that President Lincoln had been killed. What will happen now?