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Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reconstruction and Its Meanings 150 Years Later

Adam H. Domby and Simon Lewis


This book looks at various ways freedom was both gained and lost during Reconstruction. Its unifying theme is the expansion and contraction of the many and varied manifestations and meanings of freedom. The central issue of the that shaped Reconstruction was freedom—but not always in the way we might expect. The essays explore the frequent “gaps” between legal and political gains supposedly secured in the statute books and people’s actual lived experience. Even after legal emancipation, formerly enslaved people faced a lack of economic freedom dependent on equal educational access and employme ... More

Keywords: African American, Civil War, emancipation, freedom, international, memory, oppression, racism, Reconstruction, social struggle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823298150
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823298150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam H. Domby, editor
Auburn University

Simon Lewis, editor
College of Charleston

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