Original source documents are woven into a narrative providing the experiences and points of view of former slaves during the long process of Reconstruction following the Civil War.
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Grade 8 Up. The presentation of primary-source material from the black point of view makes this title a unique addition to the body of literature about the Reconstruction period. Through these personal accounts, readers become vividly aware of how African Americans' lives changed with the end of the Civil War. The fact that, in many cases, emancipation brought poverty, prejudice, and hopelessness to blacks becomes apparent in this well-organized volume. The reluctance of whites to grant the freedoms and privileges that the Emancipation Proclamation promised and the mistreatment of these "freedpeople" come alive through their writings. Smith has used original writings, some from uneducated people whose speech is often colloquial and dialectal. The spare narrative basically ties one quoted piece to another. Archival black-and-white photographs and reproductions are attractive and informative. The documentation and bibliography are extensive. While not a first choice for reports, this is a special and exceedingly well-done resource.?Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA
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Gr. 8^-12. The hopes and dreams and terrible disappointments of black people during the period after slavery is told here by a professor of history, who quotes extensively from original letters, articles, and testimonies of ordinary men and women. His commentary is sometimes dry and difficult, but the voices of the former slaves bear eloquent witness to the promise and reality of emancipation: the search for family members sold away from one another, the drive for education and land, the reality of sharecropping and of segregation, the racial terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan, the struggle to vote. The design is spacious, with lots of white space, good quality paper, occasional black-and-white photographs and prints, a chronology, careful source notes, and a bibliography. The original accounts are marked by unobtrusive border designs, and it is these heartfelt testimonies that will be most read, especially for curriculum support and students' research. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 1996. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111562945831