First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama's Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction

First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama's Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction

by Peter Kolchin

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Crucial changes occurred during the years following the Civil War as blacks manifested their desire to live as independently as possible and to reject every social relation reminiscent of slavery. This classic study of the history of post-slave societies helped to initiate historiographic trends that remain central to the study of emancipation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817355357
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: Library of Alabama Classics Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Kolchin is Henry Clay Reed Professor of History at the University of Delaware. His other works include A Sphinx on the American Land: The 19th Century South in Comparative Perspective, American Slavery: 1619-1877, and Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom.

Table of Contents

List of Tables     vii
List of Maps     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xxi
Introduction     xxiii
Black Migration     3
Free Plantation Labor     30
Strengthening the Black Family     56
The Coming of Black Education     79
The Establishment of the Black Churches     107
Black Social Structure     128
The Awakening of Black Political Consciousness     151
Black Reconstruction in Perspective     184
Bibliographical Essay     199
Index     205

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