Research authenticates famed letter by ex-slave to old master

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In this Monday, July 9, 2012 photo, old trees line the drive to a house in Lebanon, Tenn. The land was once part of a plantation where Jordan Anderson was a slave to Col. Patrick Henry Anderson. In September 1865, Professor Roy E. Finkenbine says Col. Anderson sold the nearly 1,000-acre estate to his attorney for a pittance, in an apparent attempt to get out from under his crushing debt. Just two years later, Patrick Henry Anderson died at the age of 44. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)