Illusions of Emancipation
The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery
By Joseph P. Reidy
520 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 25 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4836-1
Published: March 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4837-8
Published: January 2019
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6156-8
Published: August 2020
Littlefield History of the Civil War Era
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Awards & distinctions
Bancroft Prize, Columbia University
2020 John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia
Finalist, 2020 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize
In this sweeping reappraisal of slavery's end during the Civil War era, Joseph P. Reidy employs the lenses of time, space, and individuals' sense of personal and social belonging to understand how participants and witnesses coped with drastic change, its erratic pace, and its unforeseeable consequences. Emancipation disrupted everyday habits, causing sensations of disorientation that sometimes intensified the experience of reality and sometimes muddled it. While these illusions of emancipation often mixed disappointment with hope, through periods of even intense frustration they sustained the promise that the struggle for freedom would result in victory.
About the Author
Joseph P. Reidy is professor emeritus of history at Howard University.
For more information about Joseph P. Reidy, visit the Author Page.
Multimedia & Links
Reidy talks to E. Ethelbert Miller on The Scholars. (5/22/2019, running time 28:30).