Bitter Freedom

William Stone's Record of Service in the Freedmen's Bureau
University of South Carolina Press
  • erschienen am 15. Dezember 2008
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 176 Seiten
978-1-57003-766-5 (ISBN)
Bitter Freedom is an evaluation of the pivotal role of the Freedmens Bureau during Reconstruction in war-torn South Carolina as written by a young bureau agent eager to do his part in rebuilding a divided nation. In early 1866 Major William Stone of the 19th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteers, having survived four major Civil War battles and three combat wounds, arrived in South Carolina to serve in the newly formed Freedmens Bureau. Spanning nearly three years of this service, his recently discovered first-person narrative chronicles his insightful observations on the postwar South and his experiences in carrying out the bureaus efforts in voter registration, education, land reform, civil rights enforcement, and mediation of racial disputes. Stone was diligent in his duties and detailed in his writings, the result of which is a compelling recollection of turbulent race relations in small towns of the upstate surrounding Anderson and along the Savannah River near Aiken.
  • Englisch
  • South Carolina
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  • USA
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
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  • Für Beruf und Forschung
18 illustrations
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 155 mm
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  • Dicke: 23 mm
  • 386 gr
978-1-57003-766-5 (9781570037665)
The great-granddaughter of William Stone, Suzanne Stone Johnson is a retired schoolteacher and coeditor of her community newspaper in Leesville, South Carolina. She earned her B.S. degree from Tufts University, certification as an occupational therapist from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy, and an M.Ed. degree from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Robert Allison Johnson is the author of This Violent Land, a historical novel based on the life of William Stone. He is a retired insurance professional with a B.A. degree in history from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Western New England College. Lou Falkner Williams is an assistant professor of history at Kansas State University and author of The Great South Carolina Ku Klux Klan Trials, 1871-1872.

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