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First fruits of freedom : the migration of former slaves and their search for equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900  Cover Image E-book E-book

First fruits of freedom : the migration of former slaves and their search for equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900

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  • OCLC: ocn698188185
  • ISBN: 1469604272
  • ISBN: 9781469604275
  • ISBN: 0807895784
  • ISBN: 9780807895788
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 241 pages) : illustrations
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  • Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2009.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-223) and index.
Contents: The guns of war -- The prettiest blue mens I have ever seed -- These are the children of this revolution, the promising first fruits of the war -- A new promise of freedom and dignity -- A community within a community.
Summary: This book offers a moving narrative that offers a rare glimpse into the lives of African American men, women, and children on the cusp of freedom. It chronicles one of the first collective migrations of blacks from the South to the North during and after the Civil War. The book relates the history of a network forged between Worcester County, Massachusetts, and eastern North Carolina as a result of Worcester regiments taking control of northeastern North Carolina during the war. White soldiers from Worcester, a hotbed of abolitionism, protected refugee slaves, set up schools for them, and led them north at war's end.
Note: English.
Subject: African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Worcester -- History -- 19th century
African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Worcester -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Freedmen -- Massachusetts -- Worcester -- History -- 19th century
African Americans -- Migrations -- History -- 19th century
Migration, Internal -- United States -- History -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects
Worcester (Mass.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century

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