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The Dance of Freedom
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This anthology brings together the late Barry A. Crouch’s most important articles on the African American experience in Texas during Reconstruction. Grouped topically, the essays explore what freedom meant to the newly emancipated, how white Texans reacted to the freed slaves, and how Freedmen’s Bureau agents and African American politicians worked to improve the lot of ordinary African American Texans. The volume also contains Crouch’s seminal review of Reconstruction historiography, “Unmanacling Texas Reconstruction: A Twenty-Year Perspective.” The introductory pieces by Arnoldo De Leon and Larry Madaras recapitulate Barry Crouch’s scholarly career and pay tribute to his stature in the field of Reconstruction history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. xi
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. PART I. Historiography
  2. p. 1
  1. One. “UNMANACLING” TEXAS RECONSTRUCTION: A Twenty-Year Perspective
  2. pp. 3-35
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  1. POSTSCRIPT TO PART I
  2. p. 36
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  1. PART II. Freedom
  2. p. 37
  1. Two. RECONSTRUCTING BLACK FAMILIES: Perspectives from the Texas Freedmen’s Bureau Records
  2. pp. 39-53
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  1. Three. BLACK DREAMS AND WHITE JUSTICE
  2. pp. 54-68
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  1. Four. SEEKING EQUALITY: Houston Black Women during Reconstruction
  2. pp. 69-89
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  1. POSTSCRIPT TO PART II
  2. pp. 90-91
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  1. PART III. Reaction
  2. p. 93
  1. Five. A SPIRIT OF LAWLESSNESS: White Violence, Texas Blacks, 1865 –1868
  2. pp. 95-117
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  1. Six. CRISIS IN COLOR: Racial Separation in Texas during Reconstruction (Barry A. Crouch and L. J. Schultz)
  2. pp. 118-133
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  1. Seven. “ALL THE VILE PASSIONS”: The Texas Black Code of 1866
  2. pp. 134-158
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  1. Eight. THE FETTERS OF JUSTICE: Black Texans and the Penitentiary during Reconstruction
  2. pp. 159-180
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  1. POSTSCRIPT TO PART III
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. PART IV. Freedmen’s Bureau Agents and African American Politicians
  2. p. 183
  1. Nine. GUARDIAN OF THE FREEDPEOPLE: Texas Freedmen’s Bureau Agents and the Black Community
  2. pp. 185-202
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  1. Ten. HESITANT RECOGNITION Texas Black Politicians, 1865 –1900
  2. pp. 203-226
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  1. Eleven. SELF-DETERMINATION AND LOCAL BLACK LEADERS IN TEXAS
  2. pp. 227-240
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  1. Twelve. A POLITICAL EDUCATION: George T. Ruby and the Texas Freedmen’s Bureau
  2. pp. 241-254
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  1. POSTSCRIPT TO PART IV
  2. pp. 255-256
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS BY BARRY A. CROUCH
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 261-268
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