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Illusions of Emancipation – The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery

Joseph P. Reidy


As students of the Civil War have long known, emancipation was not merely a product of Lincoln's proclamation or of Confederate defeat in April 1865. It was a process that required more than legal or military action. With enslaved people fully engaged as actors, emancipation necessitated a fundamental reordering of a way of life whose implications stretched well beyond the former slave states. Slavery did not die quietly or quickly, nor did freedom fulfill every dream of the enslaved or their allies. The process unfolded unevenly. In this sweeping reappraisal of slavery's end during the Civil ... More

Keywords: emancipation, Civil War, slavery, time, space, sense of personal and social belonging, drastic change, struggle for freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648361
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph P. Reidy, author
Howard University