Green, John Patterson, b. 1845.; Green, John Patterson, b. 1845,

Collection: African American Literature

Publisher: [Cleveland? : s.n.]

  • John Patterson Green is the author of this account, based on his early years in New Bern, North Carolina and the few years he lived in South Carolina after the Civil War. The story opens in 1871 and describes small town life for African Americans in the South during Reconstruction. Much of the story is told as an account of a journey through the Carolinas, with descriptions of abandoned plantations, bygone camp meetings, towns with little life or commerce, all reviving memories of antebellum days. Interwoven with incidents on the journey is commentary on continuing discrimination, the clinging to antebellum customs and prejudices, abuse and corruption in politics and government, the rise of the Ku-Klux-Klan, and the effects of superstition. The narrative eventually turns into a closing essay on the status of poor whites, freedmen and rich white landowners and the causes behind social conditions in the South.
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  • The online edition of this book in the public domain, i.e., not protected by copyright, has been produced by the Emory University Digital Library Publications Program.
  • The online edition of this book in the public domain, i.e., not protected by copyright, has been produced by the Emory University Digital library Publications Program.
  • Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library copy has presentation inscription: Please read, criticise, and send a copy of the paper containing a [illegible] to "Americus" [i.e. Green?], Cleveland, Ohio.

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