About the Book

Families and Freedom

Families and Freedom

A Documentary History of African-American Kinship in the Civil War Era
August 1998
Trade Paperback · 304 Pages
$16.95 U.S.
ISBN 9781565844407
The New Press


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Drawn from the work of award-winning Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland, Families and Freedom tells the story of the remaking of the black family during the tumultuous years of the Civil War era. Through the dramatic and moving letters and testimony of freed slaves, the documents in Families and Freedom provide deep insight into the most intimate aspects of the transformation of slaves to free people. This book is the sequel to the 1994 Lincoln Prize winner Free at Last, which was described in the New York Times as "this generation's most significant encounter with the American past."

About the Author

Ira Berlin and Leslie S. Rowland, editors of Free at Last (The New Press), teach history at the University of Maryland. They are former and present directors, respectively, of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, which is compiling a multivolume documentary history of the transition from slavery to freedom.