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“I spent September, October and November, 1865, in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia…. “I judge, from the stories told to me by various persons, that my reception was something better than that accorded to the majority of Northern men traveling in that section…. “In one of the principal towns of Western […]

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” ‘Southern whites,’ a Freedmen’s Bureau agent observed, ‘are quite indignant if they are not treated with the same deference that they were accustomed to’ under slavery, and behavior that departed from the etiquette of antebellum race relations frequently provoked violence…. “One North Carolina planter complained bitterly to a Union officer that a black soldier […]

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“To the very end of Reconstruction, blacks would insist that ‘those who freed them shall protect that freedom.’ The strength of their commitment to this principle, and to the [Freedmen’s] Bureau as an embodiment of the nation’s responsibility, became clear in 1866 when President Johnson sent generals John Steedman and Joseph S. Fullerton on an […]

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