California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction
By Stacey L. Smith
344 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 halftones, 4 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2653-6
Published: August 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0769-6
Published: August 2013
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Awards & distinctions
2014 David Montgomery Award, Organization of American Historians and Labor and Working-Class History Association
Smith reveals that the state's anti-Chinese movement, forged in its struggle over unfree labor, reached eastward to transform federal Reconstruction policy and national race relations for decades to come. Throughout, she illuminates the startling ways in which the contest over slavery's fate included a western struggle that encompassed diverse labor systems and workers not easily classified as free or slave, black or white.
About the Author
Stacey L. Smith is associate professor of history at Oregon State University.
For more information about Stacey L. Smith, visit the Author Page.
“Adds an entirely new dimension to California’s history. . . . Recommended for classroom use as well as for researchers and the casual reader interested in California’s diverse past.”--Colonial Latin American Historical Review
"Recommended. All levels/libraries."--Choice
“A long overdue and urgently needed synthesis. . . . A splendid example of traditional archival-based historical research.”--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
“Freedom’s Frontier is [not only] thoroughly researched, but it is also well written and a pleasure to read.”--Oregon Historical Quarterly
“A welcome addition to both the history of California and the West and to the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction.”--Southwestern Historical Quarterly
“Smith’s analysis is cogent and detailed, and her arguments are solid. The book is a welcome addition to both the history of California and the West and to the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction.”--Southwestern Historical Quarterly