After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the by Bruce Baker, Brian Kelly, Eric Foner

By Bruce Baker, Brian Kelly, Eric Foner

“Is there rather something new to assert approximately Reconstruction? the superb contributions to this quantity make it transparent that the answer's a convincing definite. jointly those essays let us reconsider the meanings of country and citizenship within the Reconstruction South, a deeply important job and a laudable develop at the latest historiography.”—Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana University

within the renowned mind's eye, freedom for African americans is frequently assumed to were granted and entirely discovered whilst Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation or, at least, on the end of the Civil warfare. in truth, the anxiousness felt through newly freed slaves and their allies within the wake of the clash illustrates a extra advanced dynamic: the which means of freedom was once vigorously, usually lethally, contested within the aftermath of the war.

After Slavery moves past huge generalizations touching on black existence in the course of Reconstruction with a view to deal with the numerous reviews 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 quarter are only the various issues examined.

The essays integrated listed here are chosen from the easiest paintings created for the After Slavery venture, a transatlantic examine collaboration. mixed, they provide a range of viewpoints at the key matters in Reconstruction historiography and a well-rounded portrait of the era.


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29. For examples, see O’Donovan, Becoming Free in the Cotton South; and Holt, Problem of Freedom. 30. Sidney W. ” 31. Edwards, “‘The Marriage Covenant Is the Foundation of All Our Rights’”; Bercaw, Gendered Freedoms; O’Donovan, Becoming Free in the Cotton South. 32. Ross, Slaves to Fashion, 36. 33. html. Justice Warren’s dissenting opinion in Perez v. S. court=US&vol=356&invol=44. 34 Thomas C. Holt 34. , From Migrants to Citizens. 35. Keyssar, Right to Vote. 36. , table A12, 359–61. For an example of reticence to naturalize, see George J.

14 In this capacity he was the perfect candidate for lieutenant governor in the elections of 1864. But if Wells was a staunch Unionist, he was also an opponent of African American rights. ”15 As it turned out, this meant that Wells would reach out to returning Confederates in an attempt to build a new white supremacist bloc between Democrats and Conservative Unionists. Wells signaled his intentions with the appointment of Dr. Hugh Kennedy as mayor of New Orleans. ”16 Once in office, Kennedy purged Unionists from the municipal police department and appointed Confederate veterans in their places.

36 Conclusion I will not attempt to go further here to suggest what political process might resolve our present difficulties in negotiating these issues, or even what form a proactivist agenda might take. More consistent with the spirit of this intervention, I would rather end with some thoughts on how we might begin to arrive at a different imaginary of “belonging” and inclusion—one that might form part of the conceptual grounding for that different politics. It will not be surprising to you, no doubt, that my imaginary forms in part around my reflections on the subjects I have been discussing throughout the essay— scenes of former slaves seeking entry within the public body of citizens, some of them, like the various American slave rebels during the Age of Revolution, even at the very moment of the inception of those new national bodies.

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