The Work of Reconstruction
From Slave to Wage Laborer in South Carolina 1860-1870
By (author) Julie Saville
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Work of Reconstruction by Julie Saville
Book DescriptionThis book examines social, political, and cultural conflicts opened by the abolition of slavery and the fashioning of wage relations in the era of the American Civil War. It offers a new, close look at the origins, goals, and tactics of popular political clubs created by emancipated workers in the countryside of one of the Deep South's oldest plantation states. The Work of Reconstruction draws on a rich documentary record that allowed ex-slaves to express in their own words and behavior the aspirations and goals that underlay their efforts. Not satisfied to render freed men and women as objects of theoretical inquiry, this book vividly recovers the concrete practices and language in which ex-slaves achieved freedom and the expectations that they had of liberty.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521566254
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Julie Saville
Work of Reconstruction, Hardback (September 1994)» View all books by Julie Saville
The author uncovers former slaves' critiques of both Southern slavery and Northern freedom.
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