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From the Publisher"Provide[s] the reader with a panoramic view of the complexities of emancipation. . . . Key documents provide new insights into the mind and mood of the formerly enslaved regarding their new status. . . . A major new contribution to serious scholarship in the several related fields of Civil War, Reconstruction, and emancipation."
"[A] magnificent collection."
-Journal of Southern History
"One of the great editorial achievements of modern scholarship."
-Journal of Peasant Studies
"One cannot imagine scholars dealing with Reconstruction nationally, or the post-bellum history of any Southern state, without close attention to this work."