Freedom: Volume 2, Series 1: The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Upper South: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867


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About the Author

Joseph P. Reidy is professor of history at Howard University. He is coeditor of four volumes in the multivolume project, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867.
Until his death in 2018, Ira Berlin was one of the preeminent historians of American slavery. He was the author of Many Thousands Gone, Generations of Captivity, and Slaves Without Masters (published by The New Press). He co-edited Remembering Slavery (with Marc Favreau and Steven F. Miller), Families and Freedom (with Leslie S. Rowland), and Slavery in New York (with Leslie M. Harris), all published by The New Press. His books have won the Frederick Douglass Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, among many other awards.
Steven F. Miller is a co-editor of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, a co-editor (with Ira Berlin, Barbara J. Fields, Joseph P. Reidy, and Leslie S. Rowland) of Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War, and a co-editor (with Ira Berlin and Marc Favreau) of Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation (both published by The New Press).


"There is so much in these documents that scholars, teachers, and students of history will literally lose themselves in the incredible story before them. Everyone associated with this project is to be commended for a marvelous job well done indeed." Ronald L. F. Davis, The Journal of Southern History
"The skillfully written essays that introduce this volume as a whole as well as the individual state chapters significantly advance our understanding of this pivotal period. Superbly crafted and accessible, these essays would make splendid supplementary reading for undergraduates....The scholarly community owes the editorial team its gratitude, especially Ira Berlin who returned to teaching with the completion of this volume after setting a new standard of excellence for documentary history with the Freedman and Southern History Project." Barbara L. Bellows, Labor History
"...(pxxi), the authors state: 'Taken together, these records provide the fullest documentation of the destruction of a dependent social relationship, the release of a people from their dependent status, and the simultaneous transformation of an entire society. As far as is known, no comparable record exists for the liberation of any group of serfs or slaves or for the transformation of any people into wage workers' (xix). Ira Berlin, Steven Miller, Joseph Reidy, and Leslie Rowland are to be commended for their effort." Edmund L. Drago, Georgia Historical Quarterly
"...certainly qualifies as another landmark achievement....All serious students of the war owe a mounting debt to the editors of this magisterial project." Civil War