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Emancipation's Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) Paperback – July 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0807859506 ISBN-10: 0807859508 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807859508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807859506
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,812,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An engaging, multi-faceted study of 'place' in the 'post-emancipation nation,' Emancipation's Diaspora provides a window into the emerging national history of the transition from slavery to freedom."--The Journal of African American History

"Not since Leslie Harris's In the Shadow of Slavery (2003) has a historian examined the story of slavery, Civil War, and freedom above the Mason Dixon line with such productive results….Let us hope that Emancipation's Diaspora brings Reconstruction and its reverberations into the orbit of today's excitement around 'freedom North' scholarship." --Journal of American History

"Schwalm presents the history of the black diaspora into the Reconstruction Midwest with impressive skill, learning, and insight….practic[ing] cultural history skillfully without succumbing to the obtuse language often associated with it….Schwalm has expanded the traditional story of Reconstruction in new and exciting ways."--Journal of Social History

"This book's regional focus and its attention to gender and women's experiences make it a crucial contribution to an ongoing reevaluation of black history, racial politics, and sectional identity in the nineteenth-century North. . . . Schwalm deftly uses

"A much needed addition to the growing historiography on emancipation and Reconstruction. . . . Innovative. . . . Persuasively demonstrates that historians would be remiss to ignore the consequences of emancipation and its subsequent diaspora in regions o

"Emancipation's Diaspora is ambitious and rewarding, making tangible the personal and political impact of slavery beyond the South and beyond 1865. . . . Although other historians have studied northern states during Reconstruction, none begins with

"Breadth and ingenuity in research, historiographical sophistication, and a lucid prose style make this study a major contribution."--American Historical Review

"[Schwalm] has done historians of race, slavery, and Reconstruction a great service by locating her study in a veritable no-man's land [the Midwest]. . . . Impressive."--H-Net Reviews

"An engaging analysis of a region that historians of race have neglected. . . . [An] important book."--Journal of Southern History

"Confirms US Reconstruction's national dimensions. . . . Recommended."--Choice

"[A] remarkable book. . . . Relying on an impressive array of manuscript collections, newspapers, census data, diaries, letters, army records, and memoirs, Schwalm makes a case that is undeniable. . . . The book is especially strong in bringing into focus

"Expand[s] our historical understanding of black migration and presence in the Midwest after the Civil War. . . . [The] diversity of sources . . . creates an especially rich base of evidence that tells the story of Iowa, but also of the region and the cou

"Emancipation's Diaspora successfully demolishes the insistence of some authors that emancipation really did not change anything, but it is also exquisitely sensitive to the very complicated nature of emancipation's impact on ideas about race in th

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"Emancipation's Diaspora explores blacks' experiences of Civil War and Reconstruction in the upper Midwest, a history that has received too little scholarly attention. Schwalm's story emerges in the voices of African Americans themselves, drawing on a broad range of archival sources, from memoirs to black newspapers. This is a terrific book that makes an important contribution to the historiographies of black Reconstruction and Midwestern slavery and emancipation."--Joanne Pope Melish, University of Kentucky

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