Friday, February 18, 2011

“Beyond Face Value”: Images of Slavery in Confederate Currency

Alabama, Central Bank, $2, October 1, 1861
The U.S. Civil War Center and the Special Collections Division of the Louisiana State University Libraries have created an interesting on-line exhibit entitled "Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency." In addition to many samples of currency engraving from the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, the site also provides an overview of the Civil War and its economic environment, as well as a bibliography of written and digital resources.