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Re: Sweet Dreams of Freedom
In Response To: Sweet Dreams of Freedom ()

K Wyer Lane:
Your thanx and congratulations noted and much appreciated.

What a great historical link you provided.
Took me a moment to absorb the, never before known to me,rich content

Let me congratulate you on your skill in searching, finding and sharing on target links referencing and "resonating the spirit" whatever the forum or discussion.

"The African American women described in this article would be pleased, surprised and grateful to know that a century and a half later, created an electronic forum for researching the black experience.

"Sweet Dreams of Freedom: Freedwomen's Reconstruction of Life and Labor in Lowcountry South Carolina" by Leslie A. Schwalm describes the transition from slavery to freedom. The article gives the reader a unique view of Reconstruction through the prism of their experience.

The diaries of slave owners and confederate men and women are chock full of descriptions about their former slaves. In doing so, their resentful descriptions present a different persona than the antebellum slave. Mammy and faithful Uncle Mose have shuffled away. In their place are women like Peggy who are very well informed about their rights as free persons. The author describes many more.

The article was enjoyable and enlightening. The view from the shoulders of these and other giants helps to give more than names, dates and location to the ancestors we seek to find.


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Sweet Dreams of Freedom
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