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Black Charlestonians : a social history, 1822-1885 /
Bernard E. Powers, Jr.
Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 1994.
xi, 377 p., [36] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
1557283648 (alk. paper)
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Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 1994.
1557283648 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-04:
Powers (College of Charleston) comprehensively examines the breadth and depth of African American achievement in building a society in postbellum Charleston. He demonstrates the strength and persistence of black drive for self-realization against implacable white resistance, and emphasizes the elements of continuity from antebellum black Charleston that shaped postwar social development. Seeing Charleston's "brown" elite as a buffer class often allied more with whites than blacks, Powers skillfully traces the initial survival of caste differences after 1865, and the slow emergence thereafter of new social and cultural markers around which African American churches, schools, and voluntary associations coalesced. Concluding with an account of the collapse of Reconstruction, Powers underlines the accomplishments of brown and black alike in gaining some, if not all, of the bundle of rights called freedom. Engagingly written and thoroughly researched. Upper-division undergraduates and above. T. S. Whitman; Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Slavery in Antebellum Charlestonp. 9
Free Black Life in Antebellum and Civil War Charlestonp. 36
"An Earnest Assertion of Manhood": The Quest for Civic and Political Equalityp. 73
The Search for Economic Security: Labor and Work in Reconstruction Charlestonp. 100
"The Great Work Before Us": Education as the Means to Elevate a Racep. 136
Class, Status, and Social Life in the Black Communityp. 160
"Behold a New Zion": The Black Churchp. 189
"An Equal Chance in the Race of Life": Postbellum Race Relationsp. 226
The Legacy of Reconstruction: A Postscriptp. 261
Appendixp. 267
Notesp. 277
Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 371
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