Climbing Up to Glory: A Short History of African Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction

Climbing Up to Glory: A Short History of African Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction

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by Wilbert L. Jenkins
     
 

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The Civil War was undeniably an integral event in American history, but for African Americans, whose personal liberties were dependent upon its outcome, it was an especially critical juncture. In Climbing Up to Glory, Wilbert L. Jenkins explores this defining period in a story that documents the journey of average African Americans as they struggled to reinvent their… See more details below

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The Civil War was undeniably an integral event in American history, but for African Americans, whose personal liberties were dependent upon its outcome, it was an especially critical juncture. In Climbing Up to Glory, Wilbert L. Jenkins explores this defining period in a story that documents the journey of average African Americans as they struggled to reinvent their lives following the abolition of slavery. In this highly readable book, Jenkins examines the unflagging determination and inner strength of African Americans as they sought to construct a solid economic base for themselves and their families by establishing their own businesses and banks and strove to own their own land. He portrays the racial violence and other obstacles blacks endured as they pooled meager resources to institute and maintain their own schools and attempted to participate in the political process. Compelling and informative, Climbing Up to Glory is an unforgettable tribute to a glowing period in African-American history sure to enrich and inspire American and African-American history enthusiasts.

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Editorial Reviews

Loren Schweninger
Blending primary and secondary sources, Professor Jenkins's brief history of blacks during the Civil War and Reconstruction is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the subject.
Reginald F. Hildebrand
Engaging and occasionally provocative, Climbing Up to Glory is a compelling survey of the history of black people during incredibly tumultuous times. Jenkins covers a very wide range of themes and issues, paying special attention to gender and to relations between blacks and Native Americans. Thematically expansive while concise in length, this text will be of great interest and usefulness to general readers and to scholars as well.
Joe William Trotter
Climbing Up to Glory is a moving historical account of African-American life and social struggles during the difficult transition from enslavement to freedom. Building upon the keen insights of his first book on African Americans in postbellum Charleston, South Carolina, Wilbert Jenkins deepens our understanding of emancipation as a grassroots social movement. Professional and lay readers alike will find this book extraordinarily instructive.

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ISBN-13:
9780742573864
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
231
File size:
5 MB

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