Winner of the Gulf South historic Association's Michael Thomas publication Award.
In Searching for Freedom after the Civil conflict: Klansman, Carpetbagger, Scalawag, and Freedman, G. Ward Hubbs makes use of a stark and iconic political comic strip to light up postwar conflicts over the which means of freedom within the American South.
The comic strip first seemed within the Tuskaloosa Independent Monitor, released via neighborhood Ku Klux Klan boss Ryland Randolph, as a swaggering probability aimed toward 3 contributors. Hanged from an oak department clutching a carpetbag marked “OHIO” is the Reverend Arad S. Lakin, the Northern-born incoming president of the collage of Alabama. Swinging from one other noose is Dr. Noah B. Cloud—agricultural reformer, superintendent of schooling, and deemed via Randolph a “scalawag” for becoming a member of Alabama’s reformed kingdom govt. The accompanying caption, penned in pink prose, equally threatens Shandy Jones, a politically energetic neighborhood guy of color.
Using a dynamic and unparalleled strategy that translates an analogous occasions via 4 issues of view, Hubbs artfully unpacks quite a few layers of that means in the back of this brutal two-dimensional image.
The 4 males linked to the cartoon—Randolph, Lakin, Cloud, and Jones—were archetypes of these who have been trying to rebuild a South shattered by way of warfare. Hubbs explores those wide archetypes but in addition delves deeply into the 4 men’s lifestyles tales, writings, speeches, and judgements with the intention to recreate every one one’s advanced worldview and quest to stay freely. Their lives, yet in particular their 4 very assorted understandings of freedom, support to give an explanation for a few of the conflicts of the 1860s. the result's an highbrow tour de force.
General readers of this hugely available quantity will observe attention-grabbing new insights approximately existence in the course of and after America’s maximum predicament, as will students of the Civil battle, Reconstruction, and southern history.