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In the second episode of Reconstruction: A Slate Academy, Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore how town and county politics unfolded in the South after the war. They discuss the lives of two Northern men who gained local office, Tunis Campbell, a black man who held a variety of positions in Georgia, and Albert T. Morgan, a white Radical Republican who served as a sheriff and state legislator in Mississippi.
Their guest is Ed Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond and author of The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America.
Supplementary reading for this episode:
- Tunis Campbell, Sufferings of the Reverend T.G. Campbell and His Family, in Georgia, via archive.org.
- Steven Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration, Chapter 5 (“A Society Turned Bottomside Up”).
- Albert T. Morgan, Yazoo: Or, on the Picket Line of Freedom in the South: A Personal Narrative.