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“NOT AS SLAVES…BUT AS FREEMEN”: COOLIES, FREE LABOR, AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATION

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dc.contributor.advisor Hunt, Robert
dc.contributor.advisor Riley-Sousa, Ashley
dc.contributor.author McCullough, Zack
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-26T17:45:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-26T17:45:50Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03-21
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5307
dc.description.abstract During the years known as Reconstruction, the Southern United States transitioned from slavery, along with many other societies throughout the world. Southern planters and reformers debated how to deal with this post-emancipation society. As formerly enslaved individuals fought to gain rights as citizens, their former owners looked for ways to construct a new system of labor that would reestablish control in the South. Many advocated the importation of Chinese laborers, often referred to in the nineteenth century as “coolies.” Opponents argued that this was an attempt to reinstitute slavery in another form. However, supporters argued that the workers would not be “coolies,” but rather free contract laborers. Using Southern newspapers from 1860-1870, especially the Memphis Daily Appeal, this thesis explores an often unheard of movement for Chinese labor in the South, the eventual failure of the movement, and how this movement informs our understanding of Reconstruction in the Age of Emancipation.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Chinese
dc.subject Coolie
dc.subject Emancipation
dc.subject Free labor
dc.subject Reconstruction
dc.subject Slavery
dc.title “NOT AS SLAVES…BUT AS FREEMEN”: COOLIES, FREE LABOR, AND RECONSTRUCTION IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATION
dc.type Thesis
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject.umi American history
dc.subject.umi History
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.contributor.department History en_US


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