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Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains

Steven E. Nash

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626246
eISBN:
9781469628080
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626246.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Reconstruction typically brings to mind war-torn plantations and battles over the meaning of freedom after the Civil War. Slavery was such a central part of southern life—permeating every aspect of ... More


Somethin’ Went Hard agin Her Mind: Suffering, Suicide, and Emancipation

Diane Miller Sommerville

in Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War-Era South

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781469643304
eISBN:
9781469643588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643304.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Freedmen and freedwomen suffered emotionally and materially after emancipation, even while many of the circumstances related to enslavement that had triggered their suffering as slaves ended. Like ... More


The Union County Ku-Klux in National Discourse

Elaine Frantz Parsons

in Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625423
eISBN:
9781469625447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625423.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

Journalists and political leaders outside Union County responded to and represented its violence, and how Union County elites controlled their violence would be understood and appropriated by ... More


A Nation Born in a Day

Matthew Harper

in The End of Days: African American Religion and Politics in the Age of Emancipation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469629360
eISBN:
9781469629384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629360.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes black southerners’ experience of emancipation and the theological meanings they gave the event. Emancipation was the key moment in black Protestants’ understanding of God’s ... More


The Resurrection

William Marvel

in A Place Called Appomattox

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469628394
eISBN:
9781469628493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628394.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

The Ladies Memorial Association of Appomattox memorializes the Confederate dead, lobbying for their interment and decorating their graves in the Memorial Day tradition. The Freedmen's Bureau ... More


The Rights of Men

Adam Malka

in Men of Mobtown: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469636290
eISBN:
9781469636313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636290.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter moves the argument into the post-emancipation period. In particular, it chronicles the story of the legal code’s deracialization during the years following the state’s 1864 emancipation ... More


Great Time for the Tories and Negroes: Loyalty, Race, and Power, 1865–1868

Steven E. Nash

in Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626246
eISBN:
9781469628080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626246.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Like much of Appalachia, western North Carolina divided between Confederates, Unionists, and those somewhere in between during the Civil War. Fluid wartime loyalties meant that postwar loyalties were ... More


Agents of Change: The Freedmen’s Bureau, 1867–1868

Steven E. Nash

in Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626246
eISBN:
9781469628080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626246.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Chapter 4 explores the role the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (commonly referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau) played in western North Carolina’s reconstruction. It may seem ironic ... More


No License; Nor No Deplomer: Regulating Private Medical Practice and Public Space

Gretchen Long

in Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835838
eISBN:
9781469601472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837399_long.9
Subject:
History, African-American History

Three African American healers—John Donalson of Austin, Texas, Moses Camplin of Charleston, South Carolina, and Alexander Augusta of Washington, D.C, wrote to the Freedmen's Bureau about their ... More


Vulnerable at the Circumference Demobilization and the Limitations of the Freedmen's Bureau

Gregory P. Downs

in Declarations of Dependence: The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834442
eISBN:
9781469603407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877760_downs.6
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how the face of government changed in North Carolina as Freedmen's Bureau agents opened offices across the state. Working with the Union's state military commander, the ... More


Right Is of No Sex: Reframing the Debate through the Rights of Women

Martha S. Jones

in All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831526
eISBN:
9781469605012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807888902_jones.5
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on the September 1848 National Convention of Colored Freedmen, which called for women's “equal” participation in the proceedings. It lifts the debate over women at the Cleveland ... More


A New Promise of Freedom and Dignity

Janette Thomas Greenwood

in First Fruits of Freedom: The Migration of Former Slaves and Their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833629
eISBN:
9781469604275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895788_greenwood.8
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter studies the Civil War-era black migration to Worcester County, affording a rare glimpse into the lives and strategies of freedpeople, of black men, women, and children as they shaped and ... More


Testifying to Violence

Hannah Rosen

in Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832028
eISBN:
9781469605715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807888568_rosen.9
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter discusses an unusual confrontation in a Freedmen's Bureau office in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which was brought on by the courage of a freedwoman. This woman and her young daughter left ... More


Disordered Communities: Freedpeople, Poor Whites, and “Mixed Blood” Families in Reconstruction North Carolina

Victoria E. Bynum

in The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833810
eISBN:
9781469604145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898215_bynum.9
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses Clinton A. Cilley's bleak assessment of race relations in the state of Mississippi. Superintendent Cilley estimated that about three-fourths of blacks were willing to work, ... More


Reconstruction and North Carolina Women's Tangled History with Law and Governance

Laura F. Edwards

in North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832226
eISBN:
9781469601649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837269_escott.9
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter shows that women were no strangers to North Carolina courts during Reconstruction. They had little choice but to appear when they were the ones charged with crimes. That had always been ... More


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