Seizing the New Day

Seizing the New Day

African Americans in Post-Civil War Charleston
Wilbert L. Jenkins
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/22/1998
Format: Hardback 30 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-33380-3
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Seizing the New Day is a good book, carefully researched, logically organized, and clearly written.... an excellent model for others who would study change at the local level in this fascinating period of American history. And the volume is handsomely illustrated with well-chosen photographs, drawings, and maps."—H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences

For former slaves in Charleston, South Carolina, life was a constant struggle adjusting to freedom while battling whites' attempts to regain control. Using autobiographies, slave narratives, Freedmen's Bureau letters and papers, and other primary documents, Wilbert L. Jenkins attempts to understand how the freedmen saw themselves in the new order and to shed light on their hopes and aspirations. He emphasizes, not the defeat of these aspirations, but rather the victories the freedmen won against white resistance.

Author Bio

Wilbert L. Jenkins is Associate Professor of History at Temple University.

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“Seizing the New Day is a good book, carefully researched, logically organized, and clearly written. . . . an excellent model for others who would study change at the local level in this fascinating period of American history. And the volume is handsomely illustrated with well-chosen photographs, drawings, and maps." —H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences Wilbert Jenkins sheds light on the strategies used by former slaves in Charleston, South Carolina to adjust to freedom and the efforts they made to battle whites’ attempts to regain control. A thread running throughout the narrative is the determination of Charleston’s freedmen to seize control over their own lives. These goals were not shared by most whites, so the black population crafted the means to achieve their desired ends.”

“Seizing the New Day is a good book, carefully researched, logically organized, and clearly written. . . . an excellent model for others who would study change at the local level in this fascinating period of American history. And the volume is handsomely illustrated with well-chosen photographs, drawings, and maps." —H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences Wilbert Jenkins sheds light on the strategies used by former slaves in Charleston, South Carolina to adjust to freedom and the efforts they made to battle whites’ attempts to regain control. A thread running throughout the narrative is the determination of Charleston’s freedmen to seize control over their own lives. These goals were not shared by most whites, so the black population crafted the means to achieve their desired ends.”

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