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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

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword to the Fordham University Press Edition
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Part I: In Search of Freedom
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. Hampton on the Eve of War
  2. pp. 5-16
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  1. 2. Surviving Freedom: The Contraband and the Union Army, 1861–65
  2. pp. 17-31
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  1. 3. Schoolhouse and Church: The Missionary Effort in Hampton 1861–65
  2. pp. 32-49
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  1. 4. Black Hampton’s New Majority
  2. pp. 50-61
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  1. Part II: Reconstruction: Freedom Deferred
  2. pp. 63-65
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  1. 5. The Chaos of Peace
  2. pp. 67-78
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  1. 6. The Freedmen’s Bureau and Johnsonian Reconstruction, 1865–66
  2. pp. 79-94
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  1. 7. The Emasculated Bureau: Black Hampton and the Freedmen’s Bureau, 1867–68
  2. pp. 95-108
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  1. Image Plates
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  1. Part III: Freedom's Fleeting Triumph
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. 8. Black Hampton and Armstrong’s Institute
  2. pp. 111-127
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  1. 9. Black Hampton: A Propertied Community
  2. pp. 128-141
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  1. 10. Black Hampton: A Social and Political Community
  2. pp. 142-154
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 155-159
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 160-177
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  1. Bibliographic Essay
  2. pp. 178-184
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823247882
Related ISBN
9780823223640
MARC Record
OCLC
794702337
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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