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The Trouble They Seen: The Story Of Reconstruction In The Words Of African Americans

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Most histories of Reconstruction deal primarily with political issues and the larger conflicts between Democrats and Republicans, notherners and southerners. The Trouble They Seen departs from this approach to examine in their own words the lives of ordinary ex-slaves who had few skills and fewer opportunities. People are by now familiar with names like Frederick Douglass, ...more
Paperback, 492 pages
Published March 22nd 1994 by Da Capo Press (first published March 1976)
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Kelsey J.
One of the most powerful texts I've read in ages. This is something I've been deliciously craving - real history from marginalized people, people who get ignored when it comes time to take a peek from a point-of-view.

Overall, this book was full of sickening moments and periods in a chaotic time, told very frankly by hopeful, intelligent, and determined African Americans. There were a few bright spots peppered throughout, but only just enough to make the last page absolutely crushing.

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Dorothy Sterling (Dannenberg) was a Jewish-American writer and historian.

She was born and grew up in New York City, attended Wellesley College, and graduated from Barnard College in 1934. After college, she worked as a journalist and writer in New York for several years. In 1937, she married Philip Sterling, also a writer. In the 1940s, she worked for Life Magazine for 8 years. In early 1968, 448
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