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Author Smith, John David, 1949-

Title We ask only for even-handed justice : Black voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877 / John David Smith
Edition Revised and expanded edition
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2014
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Contents The promise and reality of emancipation -- Changing old ways -- Reuniting families -- The first friend: the Freedmen's Bureau -- A second bondage: the plantation system -- Organizing for equal rights -- The right to vote -- The first leaders -- Racial terrorism -- The promise of education and a homeland -- Conclusion: Reconstruction and its legacy
Summary The years following Appomattox offered the freed people numerous opportunities and challenges. Ex-slaves reconnected with relatives dispersed by the domestic slave trade and the vicissitudes of civil war. They sought their own farms and homesteads, education for their children, and legal protection from whites hostile to their new status. They negotiated labor contracts, established local communities, and, following the 1867 Reconstruction Acts, entered local, state, and national politics. Though aided by Freedmen Bureau agents and sympathetic whites, former slaves nevertheless faced daunting odds. Ku Klux Klansmen and others terrorized blacks who asserted themselves, many northerners lost interest in their plight, and federal officials gradually left them to their own resources. As a result, former Confederates regained control of the southern state governments following the 1876 presidential election
Notes Original edition published under title: Black voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, 1996
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African Americans -- History -- 1863-1877 -- Sources -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- History -- 1863-1877 -- Sources.
African Americans -- Southern States -- History -- Sources -- Juvenile literature.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Sources -- Juvenile literature.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Sources.
Genre/Form History.
Juvenile works.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1613763077 (electronic bk.)
9781613763070 (electronic bk.)