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Freedom: Volume 2, Series 1: The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Upper South: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867
     

Freedom: Volume 2, Series 1: The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Upper South: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867

by Ira Berlin
 

ISBN-10: 0521417422

ISBN-13: 9780521417426

Pub. Date: 11/28/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

As slavery collapsed during the American Civil War, former slaves struggled to secure their liberty, reconstitute their families, and create the institutions befitting a free people. This volume of Freedom presents a documentary history of the emergence of free-labor relations in different settings in the Upper South. At first, most federal officials hoped to

Overview

As slavery collapsed during the American Civil War, former slaves struggled to secure their liberty, reconstitute their families, and create the institutions befitting a free people. This volume of Freedom presents a documentary history of the emergence of free-labor relations in different settings in the Upper South. At first, most federal officials hoped to mobilize former slaves without either transforming the conflict into a war of liberation or assuming responsibility for the young, the old, or others not suitable for military employment. But as the Union army came to depend on black workers and as the number of destitute freedpeople mounted, authorities at all levels grappled with intertwined questions of freedom, labor and welfare. Meanwhile, the former slaves pursued their own objectives, working within the constraints imposed by the war and Union occupation to fashion new lives as free people. The Civil War sealed the fate of slavery only to open a contest over the meaning of freedom. This volume of Freedom documents an important chapter in that contest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521417426
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Series:
Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation Series
Pages:
814
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.73(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Editorial methods; Symbols and abbreviations; Part I. The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: 1. Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina; 2. The district of Columbia; 3. Middle and East Tennessee and Northern Alabama; 4. Maryland; 5. Missouri; 6. Kentucky; Index.

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