Unit II: The Meaning of Freedom

2/3: Forty Acres and a Mule
2/5: Domestic and Industrial Labor
2/10: Family and Kinship
2/12: Community Life and Institution Building


M 2/3: Forty Acres and a Mule

Essays:

TOOLKIT: Eric Foner, Short History of Reconstruction

TEXT: Theodore Rosengarten, All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw, 3-172.

Documents:

Civil War and Reconstruction Eras

Twenty-First Century


W 2/5: Black Property Ownership in the New South

Essays:

TEXTBOOK: Leon F. Litwack,Ch. 3, "Working," in Trouble in Mind; Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998): 114-178.

Documents:

TOOLKIT: Orra Langhorne, "Domestic Service in the South," The Southern Workman, October 1890; extracted in Langhorne, Southern Sketches from Virginia, 1881-1901 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1964): 108-112.


M 2/10: "Africa" on Park Street: Interrogating the Boundaries of Race and Place in the New Urban South

Essays:

TOOLKIT: Herbert G. Gutman, Ch. 9, "Let Not Man Put Asunder," in The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925 (New York: Vintage Books, 1976): 363-433.

Documents:

ON-LINE (browse only): 1866 "Register of Colored Persons, Augusta County, State of Virginia, Cohabiting Together as Husband and Wife" (Source: Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the Civil War)


W 2/12: The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom

Essays:

TEXTBOOK: Leon F. Litwack, Ch. 2, "Lessons," in Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998): 52-113.


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