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In this highly anticipated study, Reidy encapsulates a half century of scholarship on emancipation and its consequences while advancing a fresh and innovative interpretation. Employing something akin to a historian's theory of relativity, Reidy convincingly demonstrates that the supposedly fixed concepts of 'time,' 'space,' and 'home' assumed an essential fluidity within the context of war and social upheaval. This boldly original approach to the destruction of slaveryfrom one of the foremost scholars in the fieldis sure to become indispensable reading.John C. Rodrigue, author of Lincoln and Reconstruction
Reidy compellingly shows that the wartime emancipation was not a linear process but, instead, circuitous and unpredictable. A helpful, provocative, and groundbreaking book, and a valuable contribution to historians' ongoing efforts to write an adequate history of what Reidy calls 'the collapse of slavery.'Kate Masur, author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C.