Freedom's First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia, 1861-1890

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Fordham Univ Press, 2004 - History - 198 pages
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In this age of affirmative action and increasing complexity in black-white relations, this pioneering study of Hampton, Virginia, tells the story of what race relations in postbellum America might have been.Here, if only for a time, the promises of Emancipation and Reconstruction were fulfilled. Why was the American Dream realized by blacks in Hampton and not elsewhere? Engs follows a community of freedmen over a thirty-year period to answer this compelling question. Engs deserves credit for the sophistication and scope of his study and for his attention to the subtle and paradoxical. The questions addressed, the logical scope of the book, the depth of research, and the author's crisp writing style contribute to making this book a major addition to the literature.-Journal of American History
 

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Contents

Hampton on the Eve of War
5
Surviving Freedom The Contraband and the Union Army 186165
17
Schoolhouse and Church The Missionary Effort in Hampton 186165
32
Black Hamptons New Majority
50
RECONSTRUCTION FREEDOM DEFERRED
63
The Chaos of Peace
67
The Freedmens Bureau and Johnsonian Reconstruction 186566
79
The Emasculated Bureau Black Hampton and the Freedmens Bureau 186768
95
Black Hampton and Armstrongs Institute
111
Black Hampton A Propertied Community
128
Black Hampton A Social and Political Community
142
Epilogue
155
Notes
160
Bibliographic Essay
178
Index
185
Copyright

FREEDOMS FLEETING TRIUMPH
110

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ROBERT F. ENGS is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His other booksinclude Educating the Disenfranchised: Samuel Chapman Armstrong and Hampton Institute,1939-1893; Freedom's First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia (Fordham); and, withRandall E. Miller, The Birth of the Grand Old Party: The Republicans' First Generation.

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