To 'joy my freedom : Southern Black women's lives and labors after the Civil War (Book, 1997) []
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To 'joy my freedom : Southern Black women's lives and labors after the Civil War

To 'joy my freedom : Southern Black women's lives and labors after the Civil War

Author: Tera W Hunter
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Tera Hunter follows African-American working women from their newfound optimism and hope at the end of the Civil War to their struggles as free domestic laborers in the homes of their former master. We witness their drive as they build neighborhoods and networks and their energy as they enjoy leisure hours in dance halls and clubs. We learn of their militance and the way they resisted efforts to keep them  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Ebook
Named Person: Arbeit
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tera W Hunter
ISBN: 0674893093 9780674893092 0674893085 9780674893085
OCLC Number: 36024077
Language Note: English.
Description: ix, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Answering bells is played out": slavery and the Civil War --
Reconstruction and the meanings of freedom --
Working-class neighborhoods and everyday life --
"Washing amazons" and organized protests --
The "color line" gives way to the "color wall" --
Survival and social welfare in the age of Jim Crow --
"Wholesome" and "hurtful" amusements --
"Dancing and carousing the night away" --
Tuberculosis as the "Negro servants' disease" --
"Looking for a free state to live in."
Responsibility: Tera W. Hunter.
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After the American Civil War, southern black women, such as household labourers and washerwomen, constructed their own world of work, play, negotiation, resistance and community organization. This  Read more...


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The Emancipation Proclamation did not bring freedom to the four million African-Americans who lived in slavery in 1863. Instead, blacks had to claim and define that freedom in tens of thousands of Read more...

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