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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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“Agonizing Groans of Mothers” and “Slave-Scarred Veterans” History, Commemoration, and Memoir in the Aftermath of Slavery

“Agonizing Groans of Mothers” and “Slave-Scarred Veterans” History, Commemoration, and Memoir in the Aftermath of Slavery

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Emancipation's Diaspora
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Leslie A. Schwalm

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807894125_schwalm.11

This chapter considers how African Americans commemorate slavery and its wartime destruction. Some sought to recall, commemorate, and memorialize the experience and impact of slavery. Others preferred to view emancipation as the beginning of black history. And still others distanced themselves from the perceived racial legacy of slavery and the contagion of victimization and inferiority that many thought it carried, particularly as racist violence and the abrogation of African American civil rights threatened to undermine the achievements of the postemancipation generation.

Keywords:   African Americans, slavery, emancipation

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