The Report

In the winter of 1865-1866, as the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified abolishing slavery in the United States, a rumor swept across the South that newly freed people were being trafficked to Cuba and Brazil. 

Click here for a PDF of the Senate’s 1866 report “on the supposed kidnapping of colored persons in the southern States for the purposes of selling them as slaves in Cuba.” The documents in this report are the basis of the reconstruction of the main events in Beyond Freedom’s Reach.


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