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Israel on the Appomattox

Israel on the Appomattox

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Written by Melvin Patrick ElyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Melvin Patrick Ely

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: August 16, 2005
  • Price: $22.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-76872-2 (0-679-76872-6)
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An Opening Word: Black Slavery, Black Freedom

Chapter One: The View from Israel Hill, 1863

Chapter Two: Liberty and Happiness
Citizen Richard Randolph and His Slaves
Subordination Was Entirely Out of the Question

Chapter Three: The Promised Land
As Comfortable as the Best in Israel Hill
To Inclose His Little Plantation: The Free Black Drive for Independence

Chapter Four: Work
Sweating Like a Harvest Field Hand
Craft, Mystery, and Occupation
To Run the Road with a Waggon or the River with a Boat

Chapter Five: Challenges
Nat Turner
Edmund Young and Free Black Resistance
Idleness, Poverty, and Dissipation: The Birth of a Proslavery Myth

Chapter Six: Law and Order
Boisterous Passions and Paneless Windows
To Maim, Disfigure, Disable, and Kill

Chapter Seven: Worldviews
Kindred Cultures
Callousness and Closeness
Clashing Values
The Wisdom of Solomon

Chapter Eight: Progress and Struggle
For Richer, for Poorer
Black Freedom and the Crisis of the Union

Chapter Nine: Appomattox and the New Birth of Freedom

Postscript: The Search for Meaning in the Southern
Free Black Experience

Will of Richard Randolph
Will of Betty Dwin
Will of Thomas Ford
Colonel James Madison on Emancipated Slaves
Will of Philip Bowman
Will of Anthony (Tony) White

Sources and Interpretations
Abbreviations in Notes and Remarks on Primary Sources