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How Free is Free? The Feel of Freedom: The Old Compulsions 8. The New Dependency 9.
The Gospel and the Primer Becoming a People Indispensable study of African Americans after emancipation By Markk on Nov 11, Few populations in history have gone through the dramatic changes that African Americans underwent at the end of the Civil War. People who had suffered slavery for generations suddenly found themselves free, a welcome yet uncertain status that required considerable exploration and adjustment.
Leon Litwack's book examines this transition, concentrating on how freed African Americans perceived freedom and how they shaped the conditions of their freedom in the aftermath of the Civil War. For many African Americans, change began with the Civil War.
Slaves in areas occupied by Union soldiers would be liberated from bondage, while many African Americans took up arms as the war went on. The end of the war and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment meant freedom for African Americans, freedom to live their lives as they wanted.
For most, the first step was finding their scattered families and coming to terms with their time as slaves. Freedom also meant discovering a new identity, especially with regards to their former masters, as African Americans now had to deal with whites in new ways both socially and in the workplace.
Finally, African Americans faced the challenge of creating a new society free of the restrictions of slave life, which led to the establishment of modes of religion, politics, and the press to serve their particular interests.
Litwack's book is an indispensable study of African Americans in the aftermath of emancipation. Based on a wealth of primary sources including the invaluable collection of oral interviews conducted by the Federal Writers' Project during the she argues that no set experience defined how African Americans dealt with freedom.
What emancipation demonstrated was the interdependence that existed between African Americans and whites, an interdependence that did not end with freedom but was shaped by attitudes and tensions that remained from the experience of slavery.
The result is a book that is essential reading for any student of the era, as well as for those seeking insight into race relations in America today. A classic work By O.
Litwacks's work is more than just black history; it explores the principle cause and consequence of the war. Unlike many general histories that preceded it, "Been in the Storm" relies heavily on primary sources. War-era diaries and letters of whites, Union Army records, Freedman's bureau reports, and Depression-era interviews of former slaves and their children, provide most of the material.
The outrage of southern whites who watched trusted slaves pick up and leave when freedom came, echoes throughout the book. So too does the uncertainty of the era. Some blacks may have dreamed big, but most just wanted freedom, security, and opportunity.
Though some lasting gains were made, the struggle for full freedom would be much longer. Certainly, "Been in the Storm" is the place to start for Emancipation reading.
Though the coverage of early black politics was not as strong as in Eric Foner' Reconstruction, I know of no equal for the early social consequences of Emancipation. What it was like By Uncle Marv on Aug 20, Do you ever wonder what the slaves were doing during the run-up to the civil war, what they were doing during the war, and what they were doing immediately after the war was over.
This book will give you a good idea of what went on. It may also explain many of the strange happenings of the 19th century. My Soul Stirs By Big Sistah Patty on May 25, I was surprise that a non-black person could actually have the courage and the sensibility to write an unbiased history of folks of African descent.
My spirit was touched by the plight of my ancestors and their ordeal after slavery. The government promised them their 40 acres and a mule. However, very few of them receive anything to start their free life. Without land and the tools to work it, they would be at the mercy of the former ruling elite, slave owners, and other whites that had the inkling to exploit them.
Image being freed from centuries of brutal toil, physical, emotional, and sexual exploitation with no resources to start your life in a society that despised you and those in your image? The author does an excellent job. I must commend him. What made me laugh is the response of the whites to the changes in the blacks when they learned they were free and the union army was in the neighborhood.
They dropped their masks and showed them their true face. Don't they know their survival was dependent of keeping their mask in place?Leon F. Litwack (born December 2, ) is an American historian and Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of California Berkeley, where he received the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching in Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book AwardBased on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this " rich and admirably written book" (Eugene Genovese, "The New York Times Book Review") aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites.
Trouble In Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow. New York: Knopf, pp. Notes, bibliography, and index. $ (cloth); $ (paper). In , the student newspaper at Fisk, a black university in Nashville, predicted a major shift in race relations in the post-Reconstruction South. Review of Leon F.
Litwack, Trouble In Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow (excerpt) New Politics, Vol.7 no.3 (n.s.), whole no, Summer Leon F. Litwack Trouble In Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow New York, Alfred A.
Knopf, From Jim Crow to the early 21st century, struggles over racism persist despite court decisions and legislation.
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