From American slavery to the genocide in Rwanda, Africa’s violent history. Like Israel being called the people of God, the United States of American is considered a “Super Power”. The violent end of a history of violent slavery, the use of the law & ethics, and continued education has removed the physical bands of slavery. Higher education removes the mental bands. And now we work to help other countries to live civilized, with laws that follow International Human Rights.
‘The Smithsoinan Spotlight also features Freedom Bound, Ends March 2, 2014, a similar photo.
In March 1863 a slave named Gordon enlisted in the Union Army in Baton Rouge, where the photographic team of McPherson & Oliver made a portrait of his whip-scarted back (click to view). Gordon’s story is one of 20 told in “Bound for Freedom’s Light: African-Americans and the Civil War,” an exhibit of vintage photographs and prints at the National Portrait Gallery.
The Smithsonian Magazine (Vol. 44 no.3 June 2013)
‘Bound for Freedom’s light: African Americans and the Civil War (click for actual photo)