"Bury Me Not in a Land of Slaves": African-Americans in the Time of Reconstructionby Joyce Hansen
When at last those chains were broken,
In the mid-1860s, the plaintive voice of an African-American writer, poet, and lecturer, Frances E.W. Harper, echoed the longings of generations of black men and women, struggling against the chains of slavery in a land dedicated to freedom and liberty: All that my yearning spirit craves, Is bury me not in a land of slaves.
When at last those chains were broken, after a bitter war that divided the nation, the emancipated people rejoiced at their first glimpse of freedom. But the road ahead would be perilous and cruel. The Reconstruction period -- from the end of the Civil War to 1877 -- was perhaps the most hope-filled and the most devastating for the nation's African-American population.
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