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David SimsEssays

by David Sims QUOTES FROM “Aspects of the Family and Public Life of Antoine Dubuclet: Louisiana’s Black State Treasurer, 1868-1878,” by Charles Vincent, published in The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 66, No. 1, Spring, 1981. “Until recently, Reconstruction scholarship…
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Classic Essays

South’s leaders sparked White resistance, but lacked long-range ideas by Ted O’Keefe AS THE EVENING shadows lengthened on the deserted streets of Franklin, Tennessee, Saul Bierfield sat amidst the piled wares of his prosperous dry-goods store, greedily devouring a watermelon. Two…
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Classic Essays

by Ted O’Keefe SHORTLY AFTER nightfall on September 8, 1865, a train steamed south from Orangeburg, South Carolina, through countryside which had been devastated by General William Sherman’s troops only a few months before. Among the passengers was a gaunt and battle-weary…
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