A Yankee Scholar in Coastal South Carolina: William Francis by James Robert Hester PDF

By James Robert Hester

New Englander William Allen (1830–1889) is generally recognized this day because the lead editor of the 1867 anthology Slave Songs of the us, the earliest released choice of Negro spirituals, and as a extraordinary background professor on the collage of Wisconsin. through the Civil conflict, he served from past due 1863 via mid-1864 as a member of the “Gideonite band” of businessmen, missionaries, and academics who migrated to the South Carolina Sea Islands as a part of the Port Royal test. After the conflict, he served as assistant superintendent of faculties in Charleston from April via July 1865. Allen saved journals in the course of his assignments in South Carolina during which he recorded occasions and impressions of approximately numerous hundred humans, specifically ex-slaves, in addition to fellow Gideonites, Union infantrymen and officers, and ex-Confederates.

In A Yankee pupil in Coastal South Carolina, editor James Robert Hester has transcribed Allen’s journals and entirely annotated them to create an important documentary resource of data on Civil battle South Carolina. Hester notes that Allen’s journals are greater than travelogues, as he usually analyzed the folk, occasions, and ideas he encountered. as well as being a reliable novice musician, Allen used to be a Harvard-trained historian and philologist and taken his awesome abilities to his writing. Later in his lifestyles he turned an eminent professor of background on the collage of Wisconsin.

Hester’s introductory bankruptcy summarizes Allen’s lifestyles from his early adolescence in Northborough, Massachusetts, via his schooling at Harvard, his tasks as affiliate significant of the West Newton (Massachusetts) English and Classical college, and his engagement within the Port Royal scan. The advent additionally surveys Allen’s essays at the South released within the Christian Examiner throughout the Civil struggle and his articles written for The country on the war’s finish. chapters disguise Allen’s St. Helena and Charleston journals, respectively, and the e-book closes with a brief epilogue. The paintings is generously annotated, containing nearly six hundred endnotes, which magnify Allen’s narrative and supplement Allen’s vibrant glimpses of coastal South Carolina through the Civil War.

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