Freedom's First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia, 1861-1890by Robert Engs
Pub. Date: 11/01/2004
Publisher: Fordham University Press
In this age of affirmative action and increasing complexity in black-white relations, this pioneering study of Hampton, Virginia, tells the story of what race relations in postbellum America might have been. Here, if only for a time, the promises of Emancipation and Reconstruction were fulfilled. Why was the American Dream realized by blacks in Hampton and not elsewhere? Engs follows a community of freedmen over a thirty-year period to answer this compelling question.
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