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To 'joy My Freedom : Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War (97 Edition)

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As the Civil War drew to a close, newly emancipated black women workers made their way to Atlanta--the economic hub of the newly emerging urban and industrial south--in order to build an independent and free life on the rubble of their enslaved past. In an original and dramatic work of scholarship, Tera Hunter traces their lives in the postbellum era and reveals the centrality of their labors to the African-American struggle for freedom and justice. Household laborers and washerwomen were constrained by their employers' domestic worlds but constructed their own world of work, play, negotiation, resistance, and community organization.

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 masters. 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 economically depressed and medically victimized. Finally, we understand the despair and defeat provoked by Jim Crow laws and segregation and how they spurred large numbers of black laboring women to migrate north.

Hunter weaves a rich and diverse tapestry of the culture and experience of black women workers in the post-Civil War south. Through anecdote and data, analysis and interpretation, she manages to penetrate African-American life and labor and to reveal the centrality of women at the inception--and at the heart--of the new south.

Synopsis:

In an original and dramatic work of scholarship, Tera Hunter weaves a rich tapestry of the culture and experience of black women workers in the post-Civil War South. Using a variety of sources, 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 masters.

Synopsis:

1997 Book of the Year Award, International Labor History Association

About the Author

Tera W. Hunter is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University.

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue

"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"

Tables

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674893085
Subtitle:
s Lives and Labors after the Civil War
Author:
Hunter, Tera W.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies/African-American Studies
Subject:
HISTORY / United States/Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
GTR 367
Publication Date:
September 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones; 2 maps, 3 tables
Pages:
322
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In an original and dramatic work of scholarship, Tera Hunter weaves a rich tapestry of the culture and experience of black women workers in the post-Civil War South. Using a variety of sources, 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 masters.
"Synopsis" by , 1997 Book of the Year Award, International Labor History Association
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