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Freedom
A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867

Volume 3. Series 1: The Wartime Genesis of Free Labour: The Lower South

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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107405783

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  • Union occupation of parts of the Confederacy during the Civil War forced federal officials to confront questions about the social order that would replace slavery. This volume of Freedom, first published in 1991, presents a documentary history of the emergence of free-labor relations in the large plantation areas of the Union-occupied Lower South. The documents illustrate the experiences of former slaves as military laborers, as residents of federally sponsored 'contraband camps', as wage laborers on plantations and in towns, and, in some instances, as independent farmers and self-employed workers. Together with the editors' interpretative essays, these documents portray the different understandings of freedom advanced by the many participants in the wartime evolution of free labor - former slaves and free blacks; former slaveholders; Union military officers and officials in Washington; and Northern planters, ministers and teachers. The war sealed the fate of slavery only to open a contest over the meaning of freedom. This volume documents an important chapter of that contest.

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    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107405783
    • length: 976 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 55 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Editorial method
    Symbols and abbreviations
    1. Low country South Carolina, Georgia and Florida
    2. Southern Louisiana
    3. The Mississippi Valley
    Index.

  • Editors

    Ira Berlin, University of Maryland, College Park

    Thavolia Glymph, University of Maryland, College Park

    Steven F. Miller, University of Maryland, College Park

    Joseph P. Reidy, University of Maryland, College Park

    Leslie S. Rowland, University of Maryland, College Park

    Julie Saville, University of Maryland, College Park

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