9781107405790

Freedom A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107405790

  • ISBN10:

    1107405793

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-26
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

As slavery collapsed during the American Civil War, former slaves struggled to secure their liberty, reconstitute their families, and create the institutions befitting a free people. This volume of Freedom presents a documentary history of the emergence of free-labor relations in different settings in the Upper South. At first, most federal officials hoped to mobilize former slaves without either transforming the conflict into a war of liberation or assuming responsibility for the young, the old, or others not suitable for military employment. But as the Union army came to depend on black workers and as the number of destitute freedpeople mounted, authorities at all levels grappled with intertwined questions of freedom, labor and welfare. Meanwhile, the former slaves pursued their own objectives, working within the constraints imposed by the war and Union occupation to fashion new lives as free people. The Civil War sealed the fate of slavery only to open a contest over the meaning of freedom. This volume of Freedom documents an important chapter in that contest.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Editorial methods
Symbols and abbreviations
The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor
Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina
The district of Columbia
Middle and East Tennessee and Northern Alabama
Maryland
Missouri
Kentucky
Index
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