9781107405783

The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107405783

  • ISBN10:

    1107405785

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

Union occupation of parts of the Confederacy during the Civil War forced federal officials to confront questions about the social order that would replace slavery. This volume of Freedom, first published in 1990, presents a documentary history of the emergence of free-labor relations in the large plantation areas of the Union-occupied Lower South. The documents illustrate the experiences of former slaves as military laborers, as residents of federally sponsored 'contraband camps', as wage laborers on plantations and in towns, and, in some instances, as independent farmers and self-employed workers. Together with the editors' interpretative essays, these documents portray the different understandings of freedom advanced by the many participants in the wartime evolution of free labor - former slaves and free blacks; former slaveholders; Union military officers and officials in Washington; and Northern planters, ministers and teachers. The war sealed the fate of slavery only to open a contest over the meaning of freedom. This volume documents an important chapter of that contest.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Editorial method
Symbols and abbreviations
Low country South Carolina, Georgia and Florida
Southern Louisiana
The Mississippi Valley
Index
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