In 1863, American blacks were not the only enslaved people with emancipation on the mind. On the northeastern coast of South America, in the Dutch colony of Suriname, some 30,000 slaves also prepared for their day of freedom, which would arrive with the government’s emancipation mandate of July 1, 1863, six months after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
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