Post 1:

“Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery in the District of Columbia by the Colored People”

Most information was available about this source except:  Creator, contributor, format, and identifier. Creating this source was simple and enjoyable for me. It is very interesting to know what has gone on for around 150 years after this and to analyze this image. As with any photo, interpreting it is somewhat subjective and anecdotal. Obviously, the abolition of slavery was an important and celebratory event. The last 150 years have been struggle after struggle for those people. A research question that may come from this would be: what were the intention or intended trajectory for social and economical wellbeing for African American after this moment. There are many more question that could also be asked parallel to this one.

Post 2:

Black Soldiers in the Union/Federal Army, ca. 1863-64

I found most information on this source except: Publisher, Contributor, Relation, and Identifier. The Process for this source was fairly simple and straight forward. I wanted to choose this source because I was hoping to shine light on some of the irony of it. Black soldiers fighting/dying for and against their freedom simultaneously. They are fighting for freedom yet still being used and ordered by white men. I believe a research question that could be raised would be to identify which ways after the abolition of slavery, did slavery still exist. In this source, it shows some new freedoms because I believe previously they were not allowed to fight. I believe looking at photos instead of facts leaves room for some subjective analyzation of the source. There is no facts in this picture so analyzing it can be tricky.

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  1. These sound like great historical sources with adequate amounts of metadata about them. You raise important questions about the absence of certain piece of information, which then points you in the direction of more research. The second source particularly stands out to me and I think the questions you raised make great points. To build upon the irony, I think it is important to acknowledge how Black soldiers in the Union Army was a choice that they made to fight for their freedom and the freedom of others. I think when we consider this act in the longer history of resistance, it is an incredibly important feat.

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