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After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the by Bruce Baker, Brian Kelly, Eric Foner

By Bruce Baker, Brian Kelly, Eric Foner

“Is there rather whatever new to assert approximately Reconstruction? the wonderful contributions to this quantity make it transparent that the answer's a powerful sure. jointly those essays let us reconsider the meanings of kingdom and citizenship within the Reconstruction South, a deeply priceless activity and a laudable boost at the current historiography.”—Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana University


within the renowned mind's eye, freedom for African americans is usually assumed to were granted and entirely discovered while Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation or, at least, on the end of the Civil conflict. actually, the anxiousness felt by means of newly freed slaves and their allies within the wake of the clash illustrates a extra advanced dynamic: the that means of freedom used to be vigorously, usually lethally, contested within the aftermath of the war.

After Slavery moves past vast generalizations referring to black existence in the course of Reconstruction as a way to deal with the numerous studies of freed slaves around the South. city unrest in New Orleans and Wilmington, North Carolina, loyalty between former slave proprietors and slaves in Mississippi, armed riot alongside the Georgia coast, and racial violence in the course of the zone are only a few of the themes examined.

The essays incorporated listed here are chosen from the easiest paintings created for the After Slavery undertaking, a transatlantic learn collaboration. mixed, they provide a variety of viewpoints at the key concerns in Reconstruction historiography and a well-rounded portrait of the era.

 

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Holt the twenty-first century. They surely underscore the necessity for reflection and mobilization to correct the sins of our present—of our here and now. In a collection focused on nineteenth-century emancipation, however, they might suggest an opportunity—perhaps even an obligation—to refine if not recast our inquiries of that earlier moment. Therefore, I will be attempting to parse the complex meanings that I think these vignettes illuminate about the historical umbilical cord that links our present moment with that of those rebel slaves at Trois-Rivières two centuries ago; the multivocality of the declaration of godparentage by the French friends of the sans-papiers just a decade ago, which, I will argue, echoes down the centuries an essential aspect of citizenship in the modern nation-state; and most of all, something of the complex meanings, the antinomies of freedom and citizenship in the modern world, which first emerged in nineteenth-century emancipation campaigns and that persist in many ways into our present.

20. The land-labor nexus as explanation for slavery is an old idea of which a recent exposition is found in Green, British Slave Emancipation. For a different take on this historical development, see Holt, Children of Fire, 43–73. 21. The transatlantic links between labor and consumption are best explicated by Sidney Mintz in Sweetness and Power. 22. Even a cursory survey of contemporary accounts makes clear that the term “slavery” is not hyperbolic. nytimes. html. 23. For examples, see Brooks, “Ideal Sweatshop,” 91–111; Whalen, “Sweatshops Here and There,” 45–68; and idem From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia.

10 If war and occupation had begun a process of revolutionary transformation in New Orleans, however, the advent of presidential Reconstruction signaled an abrupt change of course. 12 Louisiana had already experienced its own version of the transition from Lincoln to Johnson a little earlier in the year. S. Senate. Hahn, a representative of immigrant laborers and small businessmen in New Orleans, had led the moderate Unionist faction during the Civil War. 13 Wells, by contrast, was a cotton and sugar planter from Rapides Parish in central Louisiana.

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