The epilogue follows Edward and Emma Whitehurst, Eliza Bogan, Gabriel Burdett, and their families well into the postwar period. It traces all of their efforts to acquire property and a livelihood that could support them for years to come. It follows Eliza Bogan’s journey in and out of sharecropping in Phillips County, Arkansas, as well as the Whitehursts’ eventual purchase of land in Virginia and Edward’s successful property claim filed with the Southern Claims Commission. It also describes Burdett’s entrance into Republican Party politics in Kentucky and his eventual migration, along with his family, to Kansas in the 1870s, in order to escape increasing racial violence in their home state. All of these individuals survived emancipation and the Civil War. But they also discovered that their time in the refugee camps was not an end but a beginning of what would become an extended pursuit of freedom well in the future.
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