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To ’Joy My Freedom

Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War

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$31.00 • £24.95 • €28.00

ISBN 9780674893085

Publication Date: 09/15/1998


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

15 halftones; 2 maps, 3 tables


  • Preface
  • Prologue
  • 1. “Answering Bells Is Played Out”: Slavery and the Civil War
  • 2. Reconstruction and the Meanings of Freedom
  • 3. Working-Class Neighborhoods and Everyday Life
  • 4. “Washing Amazons” and Organized Protests
  • 5. The “Color Line” Gives Way to the “Color Wall”
  • 6. Survival and Social Welfare in the Age of Jim Crow
  • 7. “Wholesome” and “Hurtful” Amusements
  • 8. “Dancing and Carousing the Night Away”
  • 9. Tuberculosis as the “Negro Servants Disease”
  • 10. “Looking for a Free State to Live In”
  • Tables
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 1998 H. L. Mitchell Award, Southern Historical Association
  • 1997 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award, Association of Black Women Historians
  • 1997 Book of the Year Award, International Labor History Association
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