Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 15, 2010 - History - 672 pages
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this "rich and admirably written book" (Eugene Genovese, The New York Times Book Review) aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites interacted in ways that dramatized not only their mutual dependency, but the ambiguities and tensions that had always been latent in "the peculiar institution."

Contents
1. "The Faithful Slave"
2. Black Liberators
3. Kingdom Comin'
4. Slaves No More
5. How Free is Free?
6. The Feel of Freedom: Moving About
7. Back to Work: The Old Compulsions
8. Back to Work: The New Dependency
9. The Gospel and the Primer
10. Becoming a People
 

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Of critical importance to anyone interested in researching our country's history... Finally the experience of slavery told by freed slaves as well as slave-owners.

Contents

One The Faithful Slave
3
Two Black Liberators
64
Three Kingdom Comin
104
Four Slaves No More
167
Five How Free Is Free?
221
Moving About
292
The Old Compulsions
336
The New Dependency
387
Nine The Gospel and the Primer
450
Notes
557
Index
637
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