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Wounds and Scars

Wounds and Scars

(p.73) Three Wounds and Scars
Beyond Redemption
Carole Emberton
University of Chicago Press

This chapter shows the importance of land to the ex-slaves’ ideas of freedom. In October 1865, former slaves Henry Bram, Ishmael Moultrie, and Yates Sampson wrote a petition to General Oliver Otis Howard, the head of the newly-established Freedmen’s Bureau, on behalf of their family, friends, and neighbors living on Edisto Island, South Carolina. The petition was a plea to the General not to allow their former masters—who were granted by president Johnson an amnesty—to return to their former lands, which after the war were turned into an experimental free labor agricultural community. This chapter also describes the relationship of land, labor, and physical safety in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Keywords:   freedom, land, labor, physical safety, oliver otis howard

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