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From the Publisher"[A] beautifully researched book….Schwalm's greatest contribution to this scholarship is her consistent and persuasive engagement of gender…. A bid for a new narrative, one that recognizes both women's contributions and the masculine discourse that has masked them."
-Law and History Review
"Drawing from an extensive and extremely rich range of source materials . . . Schwalm successfully captures the voices and experiences of black and white Midwesterners. . . . An intimate portrayal of blacks' lives contextualized by the broader forces of race and war. . . . A careful study of a neglected region . . . greatly advances our understanding of race and Reconstruction."
"Schwalm presents the history of the black diaspora into the Reconstruction Midwest with impressive skill, learning, and insight….practic[ing] cultural history skillfully without succumbing to the obtuse language often associated with it….Schwalm has expanded the traditional story of Reconstruction in new and exciting ways"
-Journal of Social History
"This book's regional focus and its attention to gender and women's experiences make it a crucial contribution to an ongoing reevaluation of black history, racial politics, and sectional identity in the nineteenth-century North. . . . Schwalm deftly uses archival and published military records. . . . An invaluable entry in a growing body of scholarship on the impact of slavery and its legacies outside the South."
-Civil War History
"An engaging analysis of a region that historians of race have neglected. . . . [An] important book."
-Journal of Southern History
"Emancipation's Diaspora successfully demolishes the insistence of some authors that emancipation really did not change anything, but it is also exquisitely sensitive to the very complicated nature of emancipation's impact on ideas about race in the United States. . . . It is impossible to finish this book and not see slavery, race, and emancipation as truly national questions whose repercussions continued to reverberate throughout the entire nineteenth century and beyond."
-Journal of Illinois History