Crouch, Barry A., 1941-

The dance of freedom : Texas African Americans during Reconstruction / Barry A. Crouch ; edited by Larry Madaras ; foreword by Arnoldo de León. - 1st ed. - Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. - xv, 268 p. ; 23 cm. - Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture ; no. 19 . - Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture ; no. 19. .

Includes bibliographical references and index. "Bibliography of works by Barry A. Crouch": p. [257]-260.

pt. 1. Historiography. "Unmanacling" Texas Reconstruction : a twenty-year perspective -- pt. 2. Freedom. Reconstructing Black families : perspectives from the Texas Freedmen's Bureau records ; Black dreams and white justice ; Seeking equality : Houston Black women during Reconstruction -- pt. 3. Reaction. A spirit of lawlessness : white violence, Texas Blacks, 1865-1868 ; Crisis in color : racial separation in Texas during Reconstruction ; "All the vile passions" : the Texas Black Code of 1866 ; The fetters of justice : Black Texans and the penitentiary during Reconstruction -- pt. 4. Freedmen's Bureau agents and African American politicians. Guardian of the freedpeople : Texas Freedmen's Bureau agents and the Black community ; Hesitant recognition : Texas Black politicians, 1865-1900 ; Self-determination and local Black leaders in Texas ; A political education : George T. Ruby and the Texas Freedmen's Bureau.

This anthology brings together the late Barry A. Crouch's most important articles on the African American experience in Texas during Reconstruction. Grouped topically, the essays explore what freedom meant to the newly emancipated, how white Texans reacted to the freed slaves, and how Freedmen's Bureau agents and African American politicians worked to improve the lot of ordinary African American Texans. The volume also contains Crouch's seminal review of Reconstruction historiography, "Unmanacling Texas Reconstruction: A Twenty-Year Perspective." The introductory pieces by Arnoldo De Leon and Larry Madaras recapitulate Barry Crouch's scholarly career and pay tribute to his stature in the field of Reconstruction history.

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African Americans--History--Texas--19th century.
African Americans--Social conditions--Texas--19th century.
African Americans--Civil rights--History--Texas--19th century.
African Americans--Politics and government--Texas--19th century.
Freedmen--History--Texas--19th century.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Texas.
Racism--History--Texas--19th century.

Texas--Social conditions--19th century.
Texas--Race relations--History--19th century.
Texas--Politics and government--1865-1950.

E185.93.T4 / C75 2007