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 USA, the earliest released number of Negro spirituals, and as a unusual background professor on the collage of Wisconsin. in the course of the Civil battle, 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 test. After the warfare, he served as assistant superintendent of colleges 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 a number of 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 completely annotated them to create an important documentary resource of knowledge on Civil battle 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 was once a Harvard-trained historian and philologist and taken his remarkable abilities to his writing. Later in his existence he turned an eminent professor of background 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 important of the West Newton (Massachusetts) English and Classical tuition, and his engagement within the Port Royal scan. The advent additionally surveys Allen’s essays at the South released within the Christian Examiner in the course of the Civil conflict and his articles written for The state on the war’s finish. chapters hide 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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