After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South Bruce E. Baker

ISBN: 9780813044774

Published: October 1st 2013

Hardcover

320 pages


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After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South  by  Bruce E. Baker

After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South by Bruce E. Baker
October 1st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780813044774 | 4.73 Mb

“Is there really anything new to say about Reconstruction? The excellent contributions to this volume make it clear that the answer is a resounding yes. Collectively these essays allow us to rethink the meanings of state and citizenship in theMore“Is there really anything new to say about Reconstruction?

The excellent contributions to this volume make it clear that the answer is a resounding yes. Collectively these essays allow us to rethink the meanings of state and citizenship in the Reconstruction South, a deeply necessary task and a laudable advance on the existing historiography.”—Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana UniversityIn the popular imagination, freedom for African Americans is often assumed to have been granted and fully realized when Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation or, at the very least, at the conclusion of the Civil War. In reality, the anxiety felt by newly freed slaves and their allies in the wake of the conflict illustrates a more complicated dynamic: the meaning of freedom was vigorously, often lethally, contested in the aftermath of the war.After Slavery moves beyond broad generalizations concerning black life during Reconstruction in order to address the varied experiences of freed slaves across the South.

Urban unrest in New Orleans and Wilmington, North Carolina, loyalty among former slave owners and slaves in Mississippi, armed insurrection along the Georgia coast, and racial violence throughout the region are just some of the topics examined.The essays included here are selected from the best work created for the After Slavery Project, a transatlantic research collaboration. Combined, they offer a diversity of viewpoints on the key issues in Reconstruction historiography and a well-rounded portrait of the era.



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