Recruitment Broadside, 1863

Come and Join Us Brothers, recruitment broadside, 1863

 

Recruitment broadsides, like this, followed the Emancipation Proclamation’s call for African Americans to enlist in the Union army. The materials promoted an egalitarian message of brotherhood but assuaged widespread fears by depicting black troops serving under white officers.

 

Chicago History Museum

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Taken on November 24, 2009