'Becoming Free in the Cotton South' is a moving and intimate narrative, drawing upon a multiplicity of sources and individual stories to provide an understanding of the forces that shaped both slavery and freedom, and of the generation of African Americans who tackled the passage that lay between.
Doing the master's bidding -- Civil War in the land of Goshen -- Finding freedom's edges -- Black women and the domestication of free labor -- To make a laborers' state -- Coda: That strange land of shadows
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