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Word by Word

Emancipation and the Act of Writing

  • List of Illustrations*
  • Introduction: A Colored Man’s Constitution
  • 1. Black Literacy in the White Mind
  • 2. The Private Life of the Literate Slave
  • 3. Writing a Life in Slavery and Freedom
  • 4. The Written We
  • 5. Petition and Protest in the Occupied South
  • 6. Black Ink, White Pages
  • Conclusion: Up from the South
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Illustrations:
    • Facsimile of Thomas Ducket to Jacob Bigelow, February 18, 1850, from Harriet Beecher Stowe, A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    • Maria Perkins to Richard Perkins, October 8, 1852
    • Detail, John Washington’s diary, July 5, 1858
    • John Washington, “Memorys of the Past,” page 91
    • Detail, Zack Burden to Mr. Abebrem Lenken, February 2, 1865
    • William Benjamin Gould’s diary, December 1–7, 1863
    • Abram Mercherson to Major General J.G. Foster, August 12, 1864, page 1
    • George W.F. Johnson to Genarl Franch, January 7, 1863
    • Abram Mercherson to Major General J.G. Foster, August 12, 1864, pages 2–3
    • Jordan Johnson to Lucy Chase, May 11, 1869, page 2

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