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

By James Robert Hester

New Englander William Allen (1830–1889) is usually identified at the present time because the lead editor of the 1867 anthology Slave Songs of the us, the earliest released choice of Negro spirituals, and as a amazing heritage professor on the collage of Wisconsin. throughout the Civil conflict, he served from overdue 1863 via mid-1864 as a member of the “Gideonite band” of businessmen, missionaries, and lecturers who migrated to the South Carolina Sea Islands as a part of the Port Royal scan. After the struggle, he served as assistant superintendent of colleges in Charleston from April via July 1865. Allen stored journals in the course of his assignments in South Carolina within which he recorded occasions and impressions of approximately a number of hundred humans, particularly ex-slaves, in addition to fellow Gideonites, Union squaddies and officers, and ex-Confederates.

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

Hester’s introductory bankruptcy summarizes Allen’s existence from his early formative years in Northborough, Massachusetts, via his schooling at Harvard, his tasks as affiliate relevant of the West Newton (Massachusetts) English and Classical institution, 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 warfare 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 virtually six hundred endnotes, which enlarge Allen’s narrative and supplement Allen’s vibrant glimpses of coastal South Carolina in the course of the Civil War.

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