Union League Movement in the Deep South: Politics and Agricultural Change During Reconstruction

Union League Movement in the Deep South: Politics and Agricultural Change During Reconstruction

by Michael W. Fitzgerald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807115266

ISBN-13: 9780807115268

Pub. Date: 09/01/1989

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

Led by a coalition of blacks and whites with funding from congressional radicals, the Union League was a secret society whose express purpose was to bring freedmen into the political arena after the Civil War. Angry and resentful of the lingering vestiges of the plantation system, hundreds of thousands of freedmen joined local chapters, speaking and acting

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Led by a coalition of blacks and whites with funding from congressional radicals, the Union League was a secret society whose express purpose was to bring freedmen into the political arena after the Civil War. Angry and resentful of the lingering vestiges of the plantation system, hundreds of thousands of freedmen joined local chapters, speaking and acting collectively to undermine the residual trappings of slavery in plantation society.

In this impressive work the first full-scale study of the effect the Union League had on the politicization of black freedmen Michael W. Fitzgerald explores the League's influence in Alabama and Mississippi and offers a fresh and original treatment of an important and heretofore largely misunderstood aspect of Reconstruction history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807115268
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1989
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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