Emancipation's Diaspora Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest

ISBN-10: 0807859508
ISBN-13: 9780807859506
Edition: 2009
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Description: Most studies of emancipation's consequences have focused on the South. Moving the discussion to the North, Leslie Schwalm enriches our understanding of the national impact of the transition from slavery to freedom.Emancipation's Diasporafollows the  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 7/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Most studies of emancipation's consequences have focused on the South. Moving the discussion to the North, Leslie Schwalm enriches our understanding of the national impact of the transition from slavery to freedom.Emancipation's Diasporafollows the lives and experiences of thousands of men and women who liberated themselves from slavery, made their way to overwhelmingly white communities in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and worked to live in dignity as free women and men and as citizens.Schwalm explores the hotly contested politics of black enfranchisement as well as collisions over segregation, civil rights, and the more informal politics of race--including how slavery and emancipation would be remembered and commemorated. She examines how gender shaped the politics of race, and how gender relations were contested and negotiated within the black community. Based on extensive archival research,Emancipation's Diasporashows how in churches and schools, in voting booths and Masonic temples, in bustling cities and rural crossroads, black and white Midwesterners--women and men--shaped the local and national consequences of emancipation.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
"A Full Realization of the Barbarities of Slavery"
"A Time of Scattering"
"Overrun with Free Negroes": The Politics of Wartime Emancipation and Migration in the Upper Midwest
"To Go and Help Be Free": Migration and the Black Military Experience
"The Building Up of Our Race": Creating a Life in Freedom
"Freedom Was All They Had": Civil Rights and Northern Reconstruction
"Agonizing Groans of Mothers" and "Slave-Scarred Veterans": History, Commemoration, and Memoir in the Aftermath of Slavery
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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