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Black Charlestonians : a social history, 1822-1885.

Author: Bernard Edward Powers
Publisher: Fayetteville, AR : University Of Arkansas Press, 1994.
Series: Black community studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This revisionist work delineates the major social and economic contours of the large black population in the pivotal Southern city of Charleston, S.C., historical seaport center for the slave trade. The work draws upon census data, manuscript collections, and newspaper accounts to expand our knowledge of this particular community of nineteenth-century black urbanites. Although the federal government codified the
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)712133305
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Edward Powers
ISBN: 9781610750707 1610750705
OCLC Number: 1004721300
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction; One. Slavery in Antebellum Charleston; Two. Free Black Life in Antebellum and Civil War Charleston; Three. "An Earnest Assertion of Manhood": The Quest for Civic and Political Equality; Four. The Search for Economic Security: Labor and Work in Reconstruction Charleston; Five. "The Great Work before Us": Education as the Means to Elevate a Race; Six. Class, Status, and Social Life in the Black Community; Seven. "Behold a New Zion": The Black Church; Eight. "An Equal Chance in the Race of Life": Postbellum Race Relations. The Legacy of Reconstruction: A Postscript; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Black community studies.

Abstract:

This revisionist work delineates the major social and economic contours of the large black population in the pivotal Southern city of Charleston, S.C., historical seaport center for the slave trade. The work draws upon census data, manuscript collections, and newspaper accounts to expand our knowledge of this particular community of nineteenth-century black urbanites. Although the federal government codified the rights of African-Americans into law following the Civil War, it was the initiatives taken by black men and women that actually transformed the theoretical benefits of emancipation into clear achievement.

Because of its large free black population, Charleston provided a case study of black social-class stratification and social mobility even before the war. Reconstruction only emphasized that stratification, and Powers examines in detail the aspirations and concessions that shaped the lives of the newly freed blacks - led by a black upper class that sometimes seemed more inclined to emulate white social mores than act as a vanguard for fundamental social change. Unlike most Reconstruction studies, which concentrate on politics, Black Charlestonians explores the era's vital socioeconomic challenges for blacks as they emerged into full citizenship in an important city in the South.

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