On the Threshold of Freedom: Masters and Slaves in Civil War Georgia / Edition 1

On the Threshold of Freedom: Masters and Slaves in Civil War Georgia / Edition 1

by Clarence L. Mohr
     
 

With a New Preface by the Author

In this enlightening study, Clarence L. Mohr follows the demise of chattel slavery in one state of the Confederate South. Like the slavery regime itself, Mohr's story is biracial in character, embracing the perspectives of both blacks and whites as they struggled to comprehend the approach of black freedom within a framework of

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With a New Preface by the Author

In this enlightening study, Clarence L. Mohr follows the demise of chattel slavery in one state of the Confederate South. Like the slavery regime itself, Mohr's story is biracial in character, embracing the perspectives of both blacks and whites as they struggled to comprehend the approach of black freedom within a framework of attitudes and assumptions shaped by decades of mutual exposure to Georgia's peculiar institution. By exploring in detail the changing patterns of black-white interaction that preceded legal emancipation in 1865, On the Threshold of Freedom defines central tendencies within Georgia slavery and suggests important links between antebellum life and the events of early Reconstruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807126912
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
397
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1Rebellious Slaves and the Slaveholders' Rebellion
1Harpers Ferry and the Limits of White Paternalism3
2Politics, Secession, and the Continuing Reign of Terror20
3Black Georgians and the Union War Effort, 1861-186568
Pt. 2Slavery Stretched Thin: The Limits of Wartime Institutional Change
4Masters, Slaves, and the Refugee Experience99
5Blacks and Wartime Industrialization120
6Georgia Blacks and the Urban Revolution190
7The Transformation of Rural Bondage210
Pt. 3Expedient Moderation: From Ameliorative Reform to Confederate Emancipation
8Black Bondage and the Climax of Ameliorative Gradualism235
9Black Liberty and the Meaning of Confederate Nationalism272
Epilogue294
Notes297
Bibliography367
Index387

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