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.
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
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