Black Voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877

Millbrook Press
1996/09/01

Black Voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877 Table Of Content

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Chronology 21
1 The Promise and Reality of Emancipation 25
2 Changing Old Ways 40
3 Reuniting Families 50
4 The First Friend: The Freedmen's Bureau 62
5 A Second Bondage: The Plantation System 76
6 Organizing for Equal Rights 88
7 The Right to Vote 98
8 The First Leaders 109
9 Racial Terrorism 122
10 The Promise of Education and a Homeland 134
Conclusion: Reconstruction and Its Legacy 147
Notes 153
Sources 161
Further Reading 167
Index 169


Black Voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877 Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-The presentation of primary-source material from the black point of view makes this title a unique addition to the body of literature about the Reconstruction period. Through these personal accounts, readers become vividly aware of how African Americans' lives changed with the end of the Civil War. The fact that, in many cases, emancipation brought poverty, prejudice, and hopelessness to blacks becomes apparent in this well-organized volume. The reluctance of whites to grant the freedoms and privileges that the Emancipation Proclamation promised and the mistreatment of these "freedpeople" come alive through their writings. Smith has used original writings, some from uneducated people whose speech is often colloquial and dialectal. The spare narrative basically ties one quoted piece to another. Archival black-and-white photographs and reproductions are attractive and informative. The documentation and bibliography are extensive. While not a first choice for reports, this is a special and exceedingly well-done resource.-Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA


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Black Voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877

Book Info

  • Book Format: Binding
  • ISBN-13: 9781562945831
  • ISBN-10: 1562945831
  • Number of Pages: 176
  • Dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.70 (d)
  • Approx Price: $1.99
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