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Cities of the DeadContesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914$
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William A. Blair

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828960

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876237_blair

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Stablishing Freedom's Celebrations,1865–1869

Stablishing Freedom's Celebrations,1865–1869

(p.23) 2 Stablishing Freedom's Celebrations,1865–1869
Cities of the Dead

William A. Blair

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the commemorations of war in the South from 1865–1869. In early commemorations of freedom, the absence of a specific date to serve as the day of liberation prevented black people from reaching a consensus for national observance. Violence by the opposition and unequal arrests foreshadowed future struggles over the use of public space.

Keywords:   blacks, commemoration, African Americans, liberation, national observance, White Republicans

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