Festivals of Freedom: Meaning and Memory in African American Emancipation Celebrations, 1808-1915

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How the public commemoration of emancipation from slavery helped shape African American political culture
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The Indiana Magazine of History
Kachun's work helps give greater dimension to African American struggle to carve out a place in American society. . . . Readers interested in African American history, African Americans' transition from identity and historical consciousness, and African American institutional life would benefit from reading this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558495289
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "A day of publick thanksgiving" : foundations, 1808-1834 16
2 "A borrowed day of jubilee" : maturation, 1834-1862 54
3 "An American celebration" : expansion and fragmentation, 1862-1870s 97
4 "Let children's children never forget" : remembrance and Amnesia, 1870s-1910s 147
5 "Lessons of emancipation for a new generation" : reorientation, 1860s-1900s 175
6 "A great occasion for display" : contestation in Washington, D.C., 1860s-1900s 207
7 "The faith that the dark past has taught us" : dissolution, 1900-1920 233
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