Searching for Freedom after the Civil War: Klansman, Carpetbagger, Scalawag, & Freedman

Searching for Freedom after the Civil War: Klansman, Carpetbagger, Scalawag, & Freedman

By: G. Ward Hubbs (author)Hardback

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Searching for Freedom after the Civil War: Klansman, Carpetbagger, Scala-wag, and Freedman examines the life stories and perspectives about freedom of four figures depicted in an infamous Reconstruction-era political cartoon.In Searching for Freedom after the Civil War: Klansman, Carpetbag-ger, Scalawag, and Freedman, G. Ward Hubbs uses a stark and iconic political cartoon to illuminate post-war conflicts over the meaning of freedom in the American South.The cartoon first appeared in the Tuskaloosa Independent Monitor, helmed by local Ku Klux Klan boss Ryland Randolph, as a swagger-ing threat aimed at three individuals. Hanged from an oak branch clutching a carpetbag marked "OHIO" is the Reverend Arad S. Lakin, the Northern-born incoming president of the University of Alabama. Swinging from another noose is Dr. Noah B. Cloud-agricultural reformer, superintendent of education, and deemed by Randolph a "scalawag" for joining Alabama's reformed state government. The accompanying caption, penned in purple prose, similarly threatens Shandy Jones, a politically active local man of colour.Using a dynamic and unprecedented approach that interprets the same events through four points of view, Hubbs artfully unpacks nu-merous layers of meaning behind this brutal two-dimensional image.The four men associated with the cartoon-Randolph, Lakin, Cloud, and Jones-were archetypes of those who were seeking to rebuild a South shattered by war. Hubbs explores these broad archetypes but also delves deeply into the four men's life stories, writings, speeches, and decisions in order to recreate each one's complex worldview and quest to live freely. Their lives, but especially their four very different understandings of freedom, help to explain many of the conflicts of the 1860s. The result is an intellectual tour de force.Scholars of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Southern history will all consider this an important work, and general readers of this highly ac-cessible volume will discover fascinating new insights about life during and after America's greatest crisis.

About Author

G. Ward Hubbs is an associate professor, reference librarian, and archivist with Birmingham-Southern College, USA; the editor of Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: The Humor of John Gorman Barr; and the author of Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780817318604
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780817318604
  • ISBN10: 0817318607

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