Category Archives: American History

The time America put its national treasures on a cross-country train

An elderly woman, a former slave, reading the Emancipation Proclamation in a glass case on the Freedom Train. Image: Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Between 1947 and 1949, America’s most treasured documents crisscrossed the length and breadth of the nation, on board a train — the “Freedom Train.” The idea for the remarkable train had […]