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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807126912
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Clarence L. Mohr, chair of the department of history at the University of South Alabama, is the coauthor of Tulane: The Emergence of a Modern University, 1945--1980, assistant editor of The Frederick Douglass Papers, Series One: Speeches, Debates, and Interviews, Volume I, 1841--1846, and associate editor of the second volume of that series.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Pt. 1 Rebellious Slaves and the Slaveholders' Rebellion
1 Harpers Ferry and the Limits of White Paternalism 3
2 Politics, Secession, and the Continuing Reign of Terror 20
3 Black Georgians and the Union War Effort, 1861-1865 68
Pt. 2 Slavery Stretched Thin: The Limits of Wartime Institutional Change
4 Masters, Slaves, and the Refugee Experience 99
5 Blacks and Wartime Industrialization 120
6 Georgia Blacks and the Urban Revolution 190
7 The Transformation of Rural Bondage 210
Pt. 3 Expedient Moderation: From Ameliorative Reform to Confederate Emancipation
8 Black Bondage and the Climax of Ameliorative Gradualism 235
9 Black Liberty and the Meaning of Confederate Nationalism 272
Epilogue 294
Notes 297
Bibliography 367
Index 387
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