CIVIL WAR: Promise of Reconstruction
The Shaping of the American Nation
In late 1861, a little-known rehearsal for Reconstruction occurred when Carolina cotton growers fled from the approaching Yankees and left their slaves behind in Port Royal and other offshore islands. Overnight, the slaves were free. Or were they? This unusual program recounts how Gideonite missionaries come to “elevate, purify, and fit for citizenship” these former slaves, now regarded as contraband of war. While some good was done in the region, greed, manipulation, and the resistance of whites toward land reform blasts the blacks’ hope for their own land to farm.
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