Freedom's First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia, 1861-1890 by Robert F. EngsFreedom's First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia, 1861-1890 by Robert F. Engs

Freedom's First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia, 1861-1890

byRobert F. Engs

Paperback | November 1, 2004

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In this age of affirmative action and increasing complexity in black-white relations, this pioneering study of Hampton, Virginia, tells the story of what race relations in postbellum America "might have been." Here, if only for a time, the promises of Emancipation and Reconstruction were fulfilled. Why was the American Dream realized by blacks in Hampton and not elsewhere? Engs follows a community of freedmen over a thirty-year period to answer this compelling question.

"Engs deserves credit for the sophistication and scope of his study and for his attention to the subtle and paradoxical. The questions addressed, the logical scope of the book, the depth of research, and the author's crisp writing style contribute to making this book a major addition to the literature."-Journal of American History

Robert F. Engs, a former Guggenheim and William Penn Fellow, is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His other books include Educating the Disenfranchised: Samuel Chapman Armstrong and Hampton Institute, 1939-1893.
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Title:Freedom's First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia, 1861-1890Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.01 inPublished:November 1, 2004Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823223647

ISBN - 13:9780823223640

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Engs deserves credit for the sophistication and scope of his study and for his attention to the subtle and paradoxical. The questions addressed, the logical scope of the book, the depth of research, and the author's crisp writing style contribute to making this book a major addition to the literature.