By Joe M. Richardson
"Joe Richardson's Christian Reconstruction is an outstanding addition to ancient scholarship at the paintings of yank missionaries one of the freedmen in the course of the Civil warfare and Reconstruction. . . . with out query, this is often the main complete background of the yankee Missionary organization (AMA), and nobody has exposed as a lot designated info on the other Northern relief society. wealthy intimately and strongly suggested, the publication argues that the AMA struggled to organize the liberated slaves for civil and political equality by means of releasing them of the shackles of lack of awareness, superstition and sin.This booklet must be learn through all these attracted to Northern academic and social reformers within the Reconstruction South."
--The magazine of yankee History
"In a very balanced learn Richardson has synthesized a wealth of resources and study to provide a completely convincing interpretation of the AMA and southern blacks. in addition to exploring family among the 2, his major target has been to evaluate the AMA's effectiveness in bringing blacks into the yankee mainstream. due to his profitable labors, now we have a much-needed accomplished research of that almost all influential missionary association. even if addressing conflicts among the AMA and the U.S. army over the therapy of contrabands, fees of racism between black and white missionaries, or the standard of organization faculties, Richardson doesn't let his noticeable admiration for the AMA to intervene. . . . With daring common sense and massive subtlety Richardson has made a powerful contribution.
--The magazine of Southern History
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One teacher said young and old alike "pant for knowledge as the thirsty beast for the brook. " As soon as the children learned, they became teachers at home. The AMA sent teachers to several other refugee camps throughout the South. By October 1863 it had eighty-three teachers and missionaries plus nineteen local black "monitors or assistants" in the field. 23 Far more important in the long run than teaching in military and 28 CHRISTIAN RECONSTR UCTION contraband camps was the AMA's establishment of scores of common schools throughout the South.
When he and his son, Burritt, began a school to teach noncommissioned officers, it was crowded with eager men. Fee was impressed with his unique opportunity. "When we consider that this people . . are manifestly capable of rapid intellectual development, that they are humble, grateful, trusting, religiously inclined-that they are destined to occupy an important place in the Wartime Expansion 27 army and agriculture of this nation 1 feel that it is blessed to labor with such people," he wrote. There is no evidence that Fee believed that the soldiers' destiny was limited to military and agricultural pursuits.
Most association students readily signed the liquor pledge, but there were greater problems with tobacco. After learning that her students drank beer and wine, a Kentucky teacher began holding temperance meetings. " The teacher persuaded some of her students to give up tobacco only by convincing them that the habit would hinder them from someday owning a home. 23 Whether they were teaching spelling or warning of the evils of tobacco, most instructors preferred quiet, attentive students, which was no easy accomplishment.