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Terror in the Heart of FreedomCitizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South$
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Hannah Rosen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832028

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888568_rosen

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Testifying to Violence

Testifying to Violence

(p.222) Chapter Six Testifying to Violence
Terror in the Heart of Freedom

Hannah Rosen

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses an unusual confrontation in a Freedmen's Bureau office in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which was brought on by the courage of a freedwoman. This woman and her young daughter left the plantation of Vincent Mullins, where both the woman and her husband, Moses King, were employed, to denounce Mullins before Freedmen's Bureau agent J. K. Nelson. Mrs. King charged that Mullins had become abusive toward her and her children after the freedmen on his plantation voted for William Brownlow, the Republican candidate for governor in Tennessee. Just as she was recounting this abuse to Nelson, Vincent Mullins himself entered the bureau agent's office. He and Mrs. King exchanged angry words. Mrs. King then turned to Nelson and revealed a more personal dimension to the violence between herself and Mullins. She accused Mullins of being the father of three of her children.

Keywords:   Freedmen's Bureau office, freedwoman, Vincent Mullins, Moses King, J. K. Nelson, William Brownlow

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