Freedom's First Generation

9780823223640: Paperback
Release Date: 1st November 2004

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 256

Series Reconstructing America

Fordham University Press

Freedom's First Generation

Black Hampton, Virginia, 1861-1890

Paperback / £23.99

In this age of affirmative action and increasing complexity in black-white relations, this pioneering study of Hampton, Virginia, tells the story of what race relations in postbellum America “might have been.” Here, if only for a time, the promises of Emancipation and Reconstruction were fulfilled. Why was the American Dream realized by blacks in Hampton and not elsewhere? Engs follows a community of freedmen over a thirty-year period to answer this compelling question.

"Engs deserves credit for the sophistication and scope of his study and for his attention to the subtle and paradoxical. The questions addressed, the logical scope of the book, the depth of research, and the author's crisp writing style contribute to making this book a major addition to the literature."-Journal of American History

ROBERT F. ENGS is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His other books include Educating the Disenfranchised: Samuel Chapman Armstrong and Hampton Institute, 1939-1893; Freedom’s First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia (Fordham); and, with Randall E. Miller, The Birth of the Grand Old Party: The Republicans’ First Generation.

Engs deserves credit for the sophistication and scope of his study and for his attention to the subtle and paradoxical. The questions addressed, the logical scope of the book, the depth of research, and the author's crisp writing style contribute to making this book a major addition to the literature.

—Journal of American History