Self-Emancipated Negroes(1)

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Self-Emancipated Negroes(1)
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Unnamed Self-Emancipated Negroes(1)
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Black
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Free Black
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Along the road to Hawkhurst and during the night Bayard spends there, many groups of self-emancipated slaves pass by on their way toward the Union army, freedom, and what one former slave calls "Jordan" (41), in an allusion to both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. During the day these groups are 'seen' only as "a big dust cloud" on the road (39); at night they can be heard passing by, "the feet hurrying and a kind of panting murmur" (40). Several times Bayard also says he could "smell them" (40).

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