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By Bruce Baker, Brian Kelly, Eric Foner

“Is there fairly whatever new to assert approximately Reconstruction? the superb contributions to this quantity make it transparent that the answer's a convincing convinced. jointly those essays let us reconsider the meanings of kingdom and citizenship within the Reconstruction South, a deeply helpful job and a laudable improve at the latest historiography.”—Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana University

within the renowned mind's eye, freedom for African americans is usually assumed to were granted and completely discovered whilst Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation or, at least, on the end of the Civil warfare. actually, the nervousness felt through newly freed slaves and their allies within the wake of the clash illustrates a extra advanced dynamic: the that means of freedom was once vigorously, frequently lethally, contested within the aftermath of the war.

After Slavery moves past vast generalizations pertaining to black existence in the course of Reconstruction that allows you to tackle the numerous stories of freed slaves around the South. city unrest in New Orleans and Wilmington, North Carolina, loyalty between former slave vendors and slaves in Mississippi, armed rebel alongside the Georgia coast, and racial violence in the course of the zone are only a number of the themes examined.

The essays incorporated listed below are chosen from the simplest paintings created for the After Slavery undertaking, a transatlantic examine collaboration. mixed, they give a range of viewpoints at the key concerns in Reconstruction historiography and a well-rounded portrait of the era.


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If this position has merit (and obviously I offer it thinking that it does) then we need to think anew, to re-envision how modern nations—so inherently dependent on the infusion of new peoples as labor—will be able to em- 32 Thomas C. Holt brace them also as members of the polity, as citizens. ” Notes 1. Dubois, A Colony of Citizens, 23–25. 2. Cooper, Holt, and Scott, Beyond Slavery, 151–52. 3. Tannenbaum, Slave and Citizen. 4. Le Monde, 25 April 1998. See also Cooper, Holt, and Scott, Beyond Slavery, 151–52.

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.

15 As it turned out, this meant that Wells would reach out to returning Confederates in an attempt to build a new white supremacist bloc between Democrats and Conservative Unionists. Wells signaled his intentions with the appointment of Dr. Hugh Kennedy as mayor of New Orleans. ”16 Once in office, Kennedy purged Unionists from the municipal police department and appointed Confederate veterans in their places. 19 The actions of white police officers soon led to a sharp clash between Mayor Kennedy and the federal authorities in New Orleans.

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