The work of Reconstruction : from slave to wage laborer in South Carolina, 1860-1870 (Book, 1994) []
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The work of Reconstruction : from slave to wage laborer in South Carolina, 1860-1870

The work of Reconstruction : from slave to wage laborer in South Carolina, 1860-1870

Author: Julie Saville
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
With the abolition of slavery in the American South, the largest slave population in the hemisphere gained independence from institutional powers that had absorbed its social being into masters' and mistresses' households. Ex-slaves seized emancipation as the occasion to reclaim their persons and their labor, precipitating a social movement that linked immediate relations, family, kinship, community, labor-sharing,

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Saville
ISBN: 0521362210 9780521362214 0521566258 9780521566254
OCLC Number: 29563818
Description: xiv, 221 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Freedom Versus Freedom: Competing Visions of Emancipation --
2. A Measure of Freedom: Plantation Workers and the Wartime Introduction of Wage Labor in Port Royal --
3. Restoration and Reaction: The Struggle for Land in the Sherman Reserve --
4. The Reconstruction of Work --
5. The Work of Reconstruction.
Responsibility: Julie Saville.
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In their efforts to achieve freedom, ex-slaves mounted a dual struggle to elude the personal domination of the old order and to blunt new coercions embedded in terms of emerging wage employment. In  Read more...


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