312 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 7 illus., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5622-2
Published: September 2005
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7680-0
Published: May 2006
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Focusing on urban celebrations that drew crowds from surrounding rural areas, Clark finds that commemorations served as critical forums for African Americans to define themselves collectively. As they struggled to assert their freedom and citizenship, African Americans wrestled with issues such as the content and meaning of black history, class-inflected ideas of respectability and progress, and gendered notions of citizenship. Clark's examination of the people and events that shaped complex struggles over public self-representation in African American communities brings new understanding of southern black political culture in the decades following Emancipation and provides a more complete picture of historical memory in the South.
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Kathleen Ann Clark is assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia.
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"An intriguing analysis of African-American celebrations of freedom during the late nineteenth century. . . . A worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in the history of the period."--Georgia Historical Quarterly
“The most complete account to date of Southern black commemorations of the war, emancipation, and Reconstruction.”--Civil War History
"An excellent study of an important topic, and should find its way onto the shelves of all scholars interested in African American and Southern history and the politics of commemoration."--Southern Historian
"The first monograph to concentrate exclusively on southern African American commemorations in the fifty years following emancipation. . . . Has helped establish a firm foundation for further studies."--Civil War Book Review
"A welcome addition the literature on Emancipation celebrations. It enhances understanding of the diversity of black responses to Emancipation and Jim Crow, and it sheds new light on the roles of gender and religion in formulating African American identity."--Register of Kentucky Historical Society
"Through skillful analysis, the author offers an interesting and plausible narrative of the role and significance of commemorations."--NC Historical Review