FREEDOM: A History of US
December 10, 2002 - January 25, 2003
This companion exhibit, which will run from December 10, 2002 through January 26, 2003, will feature 200 treasures of American history, including such items as:
- An original letter from George Washington opposing slavery – written to a friend, expressing his desire to see slavery abolished;
- A rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence – the only known example of the South Carolina printing;
- A secret, privately printed draft of the U.S. Constitution – for discussion among the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, beginning "We the People of the States of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts, …" rather than "We the People of The United States;"
- An Abolitionist flag – hand-made in 1859 and featuring the stars and stripes of only the 20 free states; the slave-holding states having been removed;
- A speech fragment in Abraham Lincoln's handwriting on the "House Divided" theme – conveying his expectation that slavery would eventually be abolished;
- Lincoln's handwritten notes for a campaign "stump" speech – notes that he carried with him while running for the U.S. Senate against Steven Douglas;
- A Matthew Brady photograph of General Robert E. Lee – with a Confederate uniform hand-painted over Lee's regular clothing, since Brady couldn't get access to him in uniform;
- A letter from Frederick Douglass to his former master – in which he professes, "I love you but hate slavery;"
- Photographs of slaves fleeing the South;
- A daguerreotype of Susan B. Anthony as a young woman;
- An 1871 appeal by Susan B. Anthony – to the Women of the United States;
- A letter from Woodrow Wilson regarding women's suffrage;
- A typed