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Seizing the New Day : African Americans in Post-Civil War Charleston - Wilbert L. Jenkins

Seizing the New Day

African Americans in Post-Civil War Charleston

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Published: 22nd July 1998
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"Seizing the New Day is a good book, carefully researched, logically organized, and clearly written.... an excellent model for others who would study change at the local level in this fascinating period of American history. And the volume is handsomely illustrated with well-chosen photographs, drawings, and maps." -- H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences

For former slaves in Charleston, South Carolina, life was a constant struggle adjusting to freedom while battling whites' attempts to regain control. Using autobiographies, slave narratives, Freedmen's Bureau letters and papers, and other primary documents, Wilbert L. Jenkins attempts to understand how the freedmen saw themselves in the new order and to shed light on their hopes and aspirations. He emphasizes, not the defeat of these aspirations, but rather the victories the freedmen won against white resistance.

"Seizing the New Day is a good book, carefully researched, logically organized, and clearly written... an excellent model for others who would study change at the local level in this fascinating period of American history. And the volume is handsomely illustrated with well-chosen photographs, drawings, and maps." H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Dark Before the Dawn: Black Charleston before Emancipationp. 1
Thank God we are a Free People: Emancipation Arrives in Charlestonp. 30
We only Ask for a Chance: The Struggle of Charleston's Freedmen for Economic Independencep. 46
We Gotta Get us some Book Lernin': The Role of Black Charlestonians in Freedmen's Literacyp. 70
We are all Brothers and Sisters: Black Family and Community Life in Charleston during Reconstructionp. 92
We Must have our Own House of Worship: The Exit of Charleston's Freedmen from White Churchesp. 111
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Resistance and Self-Protection by Charleston's Freedmenp. 133
Epilogue: The Light of Freedom, Justice, and Equality Brightens, Dims, and Then Darkensp. 153
Appendixp. 165
Notesp. 175
Bibliographical Essayp. 221
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9780253333803
ISBN-10: 0253333806
Series: Blacks in the Diaspora
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd July 1998
Publisher: INDIANA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54