African American and American Immigrant Studies, Two Titles. James McKaye's (1805-1888) The Mastership and its Fruits: the Emancipated Slave Face to Face with his Old Master, New York: Loyal Publication Society, 1864; a supplemental report to Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, stab-sewn pamphlet, large square trimmed from title with loss, corresponding cut made to following leaf (text preserved and repaired), 9 x 5 3/4 in.; [together with] J. Calvin Smith's The Emigrant's Hand-Book, and New Guide for Travellers through the United States of America, London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1850, 12mo, a state-by-state guide to life and travel in the U.S., contemporary half leather with worn marbled paper boards, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
The Mastership and its Fruits is "An on-the-spot report on the master-slave relationship in recently freed territory in the lower Mississippi River valley. The report expresses optimism about the ability of freed slaves to adjust to the coming new order and favors grant of full civil rights and the franchise for freedmen, but it finds former slave owners unreformed and unwilling to accept the demise of plantation slavery. The report also describes the Army employment system for freedmen and the obstacles to a free labor system in the South, and it favors federal oversight of the transition from slavery to the new order in the South." (Library of Congress catalog description: https://lccn.loc.gov/19000999)
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