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Cotton pickers receiving sixty cents a day, Pulaski County, Arkansas, October 1935.. Shahn, Ben -- Photographer. October 1935

Cotton pickers receiving sixty cents a day, Pulaski County, Arkansas, October 1935.. Shahn, Ben -- Photographer. October 1935

One hour of American slavery is fraught with more misery than ages of that which we rose in rebellion to oppose. by Boston Public Library, via Flickr

One hour of American slavery is fraught with more misery than ages of that which we rose in rebellion to oppose. by Boston Public Library, via Flickr

James Cameron was dragged from his cell and beaten — a young black man accused of a rape that never happened. Someone tied a rope around his neck. Two boys had already been hanged for the same crime; their bodies dangled from a tree in Marion, Ind. But a voice rose from the crowd and, somehow, Mr. Cameron was let go. This is his story. — Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief

James Cameron was dragged from his cell and beaten — a young black man accused of a rape that never happened. Someone tied a rope around his neck. Two boys had already been hanged for the same crime; their bodies dangled from a tree in Marion, Ind. But a voice rose from the crowd and, somehow, Mr. Cameron was let go. This is his story. — Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (6) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (6) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

People who don't read history books are unaware that a huge number of "cowboys" driving herds to the railheads in Kansas were Indians. And many don't know that some of "Indians" who raided the drives for beef were runaway slaves and ex-slaves adopted into the tribes in the Oklahoma territory.

People who don't read history books are unaware that a huge number of "cowboys" driving herds to the railheads in Kansas were Indians. And many don't know that some of "Indians" who raided the drives for beef were runaway slaves and ex-slaves adopted into the tribes in the Oklahoma territory.