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Title Families and freedom : a documentary history of African-American kinship in the Civil War era / edited by Ira Berlin and Leslie S. Rowland.

Publication Info. New York : New Press, 1997.


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 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  973.0496073 FAM    Check Shelf
Description xx, 259 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-249) and index.
Summary Through the dramatic and moving letters and testimony of freed slaves, Families and Freedom tells the story of the remaking of the black family during the tumultuous years of the Civil War era. Drawn from the work of the award-winning Freedmen and Southern Society project at the University of Maryland, the book is a sequel to the 1994 Lincoln Prize winner, Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War. Former slaves, free blacks, and their contemporaries recount the elation accompanying the reunion of brothers and sisters separated for half a lifetime and the anguished realization that time lost could never be made up. We encounter the quiet satisfaction of legitimizing a marriage once denied by law and the unspeakable sadness of discovering that a long-lost spouse had remarried, the pride of establishing an independent household and the shame of not being able to protect it. In their words, we share the hope that freedom would ensure the sanctity of family life and the fear that the new order would betray freedom's greatest promise.
Contents 1. Escape, rescue, and recapture: families and the wartime struggle for freedom. --2. Families in the Union-occupied Confederacy. --3. Soldiers' families in the free states. --4. Soldiers' families in the border states. --5. Soldiers' families and the postwar army of occupation. --6. Husbands and wives. --7. Parents and children. --8. Extended kinship: the family writ large.
Subject Freedmen -- Correspondence.
African American families -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States -- Sources.
African Americans -- History -- 1863-1877 -- Sources.
Chronological Term Geschichte 1861-1867
Added Author Berlin, Ira, 1941-2018
Rowland, Leslie S.
ISBN 1565840267
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