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1862 TOIL IN THE FIELDS

These slaves are working the sweet potato fields at the Cassina Point plantation in South Carolina during the American Civil War. On 22 September 1862, some five months after this photo was taken, US president Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all slaves in the rebel states, including South Carolina, would be freed unless the Confederate States rejoined the Union. The Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on 1 January 1863, with slavery completely abolished in 1865. South Carolina itself played a major role in the slave trade, with almost half of all enslaved Africans entering the US through the port city of Charleston. At one point, the number of slaves outnumbered the rest of the state’s population.

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The 12th century can be seen as a pivotal moment in Japanese history, an era which saw beginning of the ascendancy of one of history’s most iconic warrior classes: the samurai. This month we explore the dramatic civil war that heralded their rise to power – and the formation of the first shōgunate. Plus: The black market for medieval relics, why the Wall St Crash of 1929 shook the world, how British humanitarian Nicholas Winton saved almost 700 children from the Nazis, the English pirate who inspired Captain Jack Sparrow, and more

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A look at everyday objects from the past
Colourised photographs that bring the past to life
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Another timeless front page from the archives
Anniversaries that have made history
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He was outlandish and fearless, terrorising the Mediterranean with a complete absence of morals – little wonder he was an inspiration for Capt Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Giles Milton tells the story of perhaps the most familiar blackguard that you’ve never heard of
Nicholas Winton always claimed he “wasn’t heroic”, yet it was down to his business sense and compassion that 669 children were swept out of Prague to safety before the Nazis arrived, writes Gavin Mortimer
In medieval Europe, relics of dead martyrs were the ultimate must-have, venerated by princes and paupers alike. But where did they come from? Emma J Wells delves into the black market for holy heirlooms
Hareth Al Bustani introduces us to Japan’s answer to the Wars of the Roses, a samurai civil war that upended centuries of imperial rule and ushered in a military dictatorship – the very first shOgunate
With Halloween lurking on the horizon, Emma Slattery Williams explores the spooky histories of some of Britain’s scariest sites – from petrifying pubs to creepy castles. Turn the page, if you dare
Ninety years ago, the buoyant US economy suffered a cataclysmic earthquake from which it would take an entire decade to recover. Nige Tassell recalls the events and aftermath of the Wall Street Crash of 1929
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