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Emancipation's DiasporaRace and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest$
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Leslie A. Schwalm

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832912

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807894125_schwalm

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“The Building Up of Our Race” reating a Life in Freedom

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Emancipation's Diaspora

Leslie A. Schwalm

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the communities and public culture created by black Midwesterners in the aftermath of slavery, migration, emancipation, and war. Black Midwesterners established communities, institutions, and social networks that brought together the diverse population of recently arrived migrants and second-generation, longer-term black settlers. They risked and challenged the ridicule of white Midwesterners as they moved into and through white-dominated public spaces. Black Midwesterners also created a black public sphere, where they discussed and contested everything from the politics of sexuality and gender relations to partisan loyalties. The result was a vigorous and expansive black civic life.

Keywords:   public culture, civic life, communities

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