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By Janette Thomas Greenwood

A relocating narrative that provides an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of African American males, ladies, and kids at the cusp of freedom, First end result 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 cast among Worcester County, Massachusetts, and japanese North Carolina due to Worcester regiments taking keep watch over of northeastern North Carolina through the warfare. White squaddies from Worcester, a hotbed of abolitionism, secure refugee slaves, organize faculties for them, and led them north at war's finish. White consumers and a supportive black neighborhood helped many migrants satisfy their aspirations for entire emancipation and facilitated the coming of extra family and associates. Migrants validated 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 as a rule disenchanted of their hopes for full-fledged citizenship, reflecting the bigger nationwide trajectory of Reconstruction and its aftermath.

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