By Bruce Baker, Brian Kelly, Eric Foner
“Is there quite something new to assert approximately Reconstruction? the superb contributions to this quantity make it transparent that the answer's a powerful definite. jointly those essays let us reconsider the meanings of country and citizenship within the Reconstruction South, a deeply invaluable activity and a laudable improve at the present historiography.”—Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana University
within the renowned mind's eye, freedom for African americans is frequently assumed to were granted and completely discovered while Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation or, a minimum of, on the end of the Civil warfare. actually, the nervousness felt by means of newly freed slaves and their allies within the wake of the clash illustrates a extra complex dynamic: the that means of freedom used to be vigorously, frequently lethally, contested within the aftermath of the war.
After Slavery moves past large generalizations relating black existence in the course of Reconstruction with the intention to deal with the numerous stories of freed slaves around the South. city unrest in New Orleans and Wilmington, North Carolina, loyalty between former slave vendors and slaves in Mississippi, armed revolt alongside the Georgia coast, and racial violence during the zone are only many of the issues examined.
The essays incorporated listed below are chosen from the simplest paintings created for the After Slavery venture, a transatlantic examine collaboration. mixed, they give a range of viewpoints at the key concerns in Reconstruction historiography and a well-rounded portrait of the era.
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