The Pursuit of a Dream
This fascinating history set in the Reconstruction South is a testament to African-American resilience, fortitude, and independence. It tells of three attempts to create an ideal community on the river bottom lands at Davis Bend south of Vicksburg. There Joseph Davis's effort to establish a cooperative community among the slaves on his plantation was doomed to fail as long as they remained in bondage. During the Civil War the Yankees tried with limited success to organize the freedmen into a model community without trusting them to manage their own affairs.
Janet Sharp Hermann, a freelance writer and historian, is the author of Joseph E. Davis: Pioneer Patriarch (University Press of Mississippi).
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Life is stranger and more interesting than fiction. This excellent account brings to life the ups and downs of a Mississippi plantation, first owned by the twenty years older brother of Jefferson ... Read full review
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Fascinating study of a "Black Utpoia" in Mississippi during and after the Civil War. Well written and enjoyable as well as educational. Read full review
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