By Janette Thomas Greenwood
A relocating narrative that gives an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of African American males, girls, and youngsters at the cusp of freedom, First culmination of Freedom chronicles one of many first collective migrations of blacks from the South to the North in the course of and after the Civil conflict. Janette Thomas Greenwood relates the heritage of a community solid among Worcester County, Massachusetts, and japanese North Carolina due to Worcester regiments taking regulate of northeastern North Carolina in the course of the struggle. White squaddies from Worcester, a hotbed of abolitionism, secure refugee slaves from former masters, arrange faculties, and led them north at war's finish. White consumers and a supportive black group helped many migrants satisfy their aspirations for entire emancipation and facilitated the arriving of extra relatives and buddies. Migrants demonstrated a small black group in Worcester with a particular southern flavor.But even within the North, white sympathy didn't proceed after the Civil warfare. regardless of their many efforts, black Worcesterites have been usually disillusioned of their hopes for full-fledged citizenship, reflecting the bigger nationwide trajectory of Reconstruction and its aftermath.
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8 Contrabands poured into the Yankee lines in the fall and winter as the 15th moved from Poolesville to southeastern Virginia to participate in McClellan’s Peninsular campaign in an attempt to capture Richmond. Some blacks, like Isaiah Allen, who swam to his freedom on Christmas Eve, found employment with officers of the 15th. Newly minted officer Thomas Spurr of Worcester hired Allen as his personal servant, the beginning of a relationship that would bond Spurr and Allen through Spurr’s slow and painful death in the aftermath of Antietam and connected Allen with the city of Worcester for decades to come.
3 Five years old when the Yankees came to North Carolina, Sarah Harris vividly recalled the thrill of seeing Yankees for the first time. “I wuz not afraid of ’em,” she remembered. ”4 Throughout the South, slaves sought to free themselves from their bondage by escaping to the invading Union army. Despite the efforts of masters to move and hide them, to frighten them into submission with horror stories, and to keep them ignorant of the Yankee invasion, tens of thousands of slaves absconded anyway.
38 Chaplain James would indeed help imprint the 25th regiment not only with his antislavery sentiments but also with his social ideals. He would play a crucial role in enforcing middle-class Worcester’s mores and notions of community and social reform when the 25th was far from home. He would also prove to be an influential overseer and effective enforcer of community values, and consequently shape the lives of both Worcester’s white soldiers and the African Americans who fled to them seeking their freedom.
First fruits of freedom: the migration of former slaves and their search for equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900 by Janette Thomas Greenwood