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“It Looks Much Like Abandoned Land”: Property and the Politics of Loyalty in Reconstruction Mississippi

Erik Mathisen

in After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813044774
eISBN:
9780813046440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044774.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

In post-Civil War Mississippi, loyalty—the measuring of an individual's faithful allegiance to government—became something of a political currency, used by whites to secure the property of those who ... More


Anarchy at the Circumference: Statelessness and the Reconstruction of Authority in Emancipation North Carolina

Gregory P. Downs

in After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813044774
eISBN:
9780813046440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044774.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

Historians surely understand that the American state failed the freedpeople, but it is not clear that we understand why federal power failed them so badly, despite common explanations that focus upon ... More


Mapping Freedom's Terrain: The Political and Productive Landscapes of Wilmington, North Carolina

Susan Eva O'Donovan

in After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813044774
eISBN:
9780813046440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044774.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

After Reconstruction, white conservatives in Wilmington, North Carolina, did not regain complete political control until the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898. This essay explains why African Americans in ... More


Citizenship and Racial Order in Post–Civil War Atlanta

William A. Link

in Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century South

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044132
eISBN:
9780813046211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044132.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This essay explores the impact of emancipation and its implications for citizenship for African Americans in Reconstruction-era Atlanta. The Freedmen’s Bureau, the main agency of northern ... More


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