Starting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Ending Time: 4:00:00 PM
An exhibit that examines the abolition of slavery in the United States, from 1780 to 1865. One of America's most extraordinary crusades, the abolition movement was protracted, violent, and ultimately successful. The exhibit "Free at Last" asks three interrelated questions:
- How was it that people living 200 years ago tolerated an institution universally condemned today?
- How did the ancient and profitable institution of slavery come to be condemned in the United States by the mid-19th century?
- How did slavery come to be the fundamental cause of the Civil War?
Documents and images in the exhibit examine political, moral and religious contexts in the search for answers to these three key questions.
This exhibition was developed and designed by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.