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Smith, John David 1949-

Works: 92 works in 389 publications in 1 language and 26,108 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Dictionaries  Reference works  Juvenile works  Sources  Biographies  Bibliography  Diaries  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: E449, B
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Most widely held works by John David Smith
An old creed for the new South : proslavery ideology and historiography, 1865-1918 by John David Smith( )

21 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and held by 2,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Old Creed for the New South:Proslavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865-1918 details the slavery debate from the Civil War through World War I. Award-winning historian John David Smith argues that African American slavery remained a salient metaphor for how Americans interpreted contemporary race relations decades after the Civil War. Smith draws extensively on postwar articles, books, diaries, manuscripts, newspapers, and speeches to counter the belief that debates over slavery ended with emancipation. After the Civil War, Americans in both the North and the South continued to debate slavery's merits as a labor, legal, and educational system and as a mode of racial control. The study details how white Southerners continued to tout slavery as beneficial for both races long after Confederate defeat. During Reconstruction and after Redemption, Southerners continued to refine proslavery ideas while subjecting blacks to new legal, extralegal, and social controls. An Old Creed for the New South links pre- and post-Civil War racial thought, showing historical continuity, and treats the Black Codes and the Jim Crow laws in new ways, connecting these important racial and legal themes to intellectual and social history. Although many blacks and some whites denounced slavery as the source of the contemporary "Negro problem," most whites, including late nineteenth-century historians, championed a "new" proslavery argument. The study also traces how historian Ulrich B. Phillips and Progressive Era scholars looked at slavery as a golden age of American race relations and shows how a broad range of African Americans, including Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois, responded to the proslavery argument. Such ideas, Smith posits, provided a powerful racial creed for the New South. This examination of black slavery in the American public mind-which
John Brown by W. E. B Du Bois( )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition of Du Bois's John Brown includes the text of the original 1909 edition and is accompanied by a major introduction that underscores Du Bois's intellectual and emotional debt to the martyred abolitionist. John David Smith's introduction asks new questions about Brown's influence on Du Bois's emerging thoughts on race and society. Smith also provides contextualizing documents, including letters from Brown to his family and Frederick Douglass's account of his last meeting with Brown
Dictionary of Afro-American slavery by Randall M Miller( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 1,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dictionary is the first comprehensive reference on Afro-American slavery to appear since the 1960s. It fills a great gap in the historiography of slavery that has been created by the proliferation of modern slavery studies in the past twenty-five years, and provides the opportunity for synthesizing the best literature on the many and diverse topics relating to the slavery experience in North America. Miller and Smith include essays on the social, institutional, intellectual, and political aspects of slavery, written by leading experts in the field. The book covers a wide selection of materials in almost 300 articles that examine regional and geographical differences and changes in slavery from the first English settlement in North America to Reconstruction. The contributors offer both narrative summaries and interpretive arguments, and the editors have provided an explanatory introduction and a comprehensive subject index. Special care has been taken to include suggestions for further reading for each entry, and the topics have been selected for their importance to both specialists and nonspecialists
Undaunted radical : the selected writings and speeches of Albion W. Tourgée by Albion W Tourgée( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A leading proponent of racial equality in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century, Albion W. Tourgě, 1838-1905. Tourgě served as the most articulate spokesman of the radical wing of the Republican party and he continued to advocate for its egalitarian ideals long after Reconstruction ended. Undaunted Radical presents Tourgě's most significant letters, speeches, and essays from the commencement of Radical Reconstruction through the bleak days of the era of Jim Crow. It also includes an introductory overview of Tourgě's life and an exhaustive bibliography of Tourgě's writings and related works, providing an essential collection for anyone studying Reconstruction and the early civil rights movement
Black soldiers in blue : African American troops in the Civil War era( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Informed by research in African-American, military and social history, the 14 essays in this volume tell the stories of the African-American soldiers who fought for the Union cause. Collectively, they probe the military, political and social significance of black soldiers' armed service
The flaming sword by Thomas Dixon( )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Dixon is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling early twentieth-century Klan trilogy that included the novel The Clansman (1905), which provided the core narrative for D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking and still controversial film The Birth of a Nation (1915). In his twenty-eighth and last novel, The Flaming Sword (1939), Dixon takes to task his long-standing black critics, especially W.E.B. DuBois, by attacking what he considered to be a vast conspiracy by blacks and Communists to destroy America. A new introduction and detailed notes by John David Smith offer a valuable h
A Union woman in Civil War Kentucky : the diary of Frances Peter by Frances Dallam Peter( )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Peter's descriptions of daily events in an occupied city provide valuable insights and a unique feminine perspective on an underappreciated aspect of the war. Until her death by epileptic seizure in August 1864, Peter conscientiously recorded the position and deportment of both Union and Confederate soldiers, incidents at the military hospitals, and stories from the countryside. Her account of a torn and divided region is a window to the war through the gaze of a young woman of intelligence and substance."--Jacket
Black voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877 by John David Smith( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Original source documents are woven into a narrative providing the experiences and points of view of former slaves during the long process of Reconstruction following the Civil War
History teaches us to hope : reflections on the Civil War and southern history by Charles Pierce Roland( )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pt. 1. The man, the soldier, the historian -- pt. 2. Secession and the Civil War -- pt. 3. Civil War leadership -- pt. 4. The South in fact and in myth
Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops by John David Smith( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The final Emancipation Proclamation and military emancipation -- Emancipation and mobilization -- Discrimination front and rear -- Battles, massacres, parades
A history of the Negro troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865; preceded by a review of the military services of Negroes in ancient and modern times by George Washington Williams( )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 (originally published in 1887) by pioneer African American historian George Washington Williams remains a classic text in African American literature and Civil War history. In this powerful narrative, Williams, who served in the U.S. Colored Troops, tells the battle experiences of the almost 200,000 black men who fought for the Union cause. Determined to document the contributions of his fellow black soldiers, and to underscore the valor and manhood of his race, Williams gathered his material from the official records of U.S. and foreign governments, and from the orderly books and personal recollections of officers commanding Negro troops during the American Civil War. The new edition of this important text includes an introductory essay by the award-winning historian John David Smith. In his essay, Smith narrates and evaluates the book's contents, analyzes its reception by contemporary critics, and evaluates Williams's work within the context of its day and its place in current historiography
The Negro in the American rebellion, his heroism and his fidelity by William Wells Brown( )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Wells€Brown€as born into slavery but escaped and went on to become America's first African American novelist. He was an€abolitionist and a passionate orator. Desiring to preserve the actions the "Negro took in€suppressing€the Slaveholder's Rebellion, "€Brown€researched the Rebellion and produced The Negro in the American Rebellion, His Heroism and His Fidelity, stressing that his information relies on fact. This text may have been a counter to Frederick Douglass' The Slaveholder's Rebellion as€Brown€and€Douglass had a fierce competition. They were known to have heated public arguments.€The Negro in the American Rebellion may have been a literary extension€of one such argument, as€Brown€felt Douglass relied too much on rhetorical€bullying€rather than simple straightforward storytelling
We ask only for even-handed justice : Black voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877 by John David Smith( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The sesquicentennial of the Civil War and Reconstruction invites reflection on the broad meaning of American democracy, including the ideals of freedom, equality, racial justice, and self-determination. In 'We ask only for even-handed justice,' John David Smith brings together a wealth of primary texts -- editorials, letters, newspaper articles, and personal testimonies -- to illuminate the experience of emancipation for the millions of African Americans enmeshed in the transition from chattel slavery to freedom from 1865 to 1877." --
Black Judas : William Hannibal Thomas and the American Negro by John David Smith( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Hannibal Thomas (1843-1935), an Ohio mulatto who served with distinction in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, was a self-professed - and nationally known - critic of his own race. Black Judas tells the story of Thomas's transformation from a critical but optimistic black nationalist to a cynical black Negrophobe as the twentieth century dawned. This radical change erupted in Thomas's 1901 publication of The American Negro, a blatantly insulting attack on African Americans that located "the Negro problem" in the black community and grossly characterized the entire race as inherently inferior. In his writings and actions, Thomas distanced himself from his race, recommending that blacks model themselves after "notable" mulattoes - persons like himself. In doing so Thomas projected on African Americans his own complicated emotional and physical problems. Outraged, his critics called him "Black Judas" and orchestrated a campaign that transformed Thomas into one of the most hated African Americans of all time." "In this illuminating study, John David Smith examines William Hannibal Thomas's dramatic behavioral and ideological shifts. Smith contextualizes them in light of Thomas's subjection to white racism and the emotional and physical effects of untreatable pain resulting from the amputation of his right arm during the Civil War. Black Judas, the first full-length biography of Thomas, traces his life-long pattern of self-destruction in the wake of repeated professional successes."--Jacket
Black slavery in the Americas : an interdisciplinary bibliography, 1865-1980 by John David Smith( Book )

21 editions published between 1847 and 1982 in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dunning school : historians, race, and the meaning of reconstruction by Eric Foner( )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Known as the Dunning School, these students wrote the first generation of state studies on the Reconstruction -- volumes that generally sympathized with white southerners, interpreted radical Reconstruction as a mean-spirited usurpation of federal power, and cast the Republican Party as a coalition of carpetbaggers, freedmen, scalawags, and former Unionists. Edited by the award-winning historian John David Smith and J. Vincent Lowery, The Dunning School focuses on this controversial group of historians and its scholarly output. Despite their methodological limitations and racial bias, the Dunning historians' writings prefigured the sources and questions that later historians of the Reconstruction would utilize and address. Many of their pioneering dissertations remain important to ongoing debates on the broad meaning of the Civil War and Reconstruction and the evolution of American historical scholarship. This groundbreaking collection of original essays offers a fair and critical assessment of the Dunning School that focuses on the group's purpose, the strengths and weaknesses of its constituents, and its legacy. Squaring the past with the present, this important book also explores the evolution of historical interpretations over time and illuminates the ways in which contemporary political, racial, and social questions shape historical analyses. -- Book jacket
Interpreting American history : Reconstruction by John David Smith( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing in 1935 in his brilliant and brooding Black Reconstruction, W.E.B. Du Bois lamented Americas post Civil War era as a missed opportunity to reconstruct the war-torn nation in deed as well as in word. If the Reconstruction of the Southern states, from slavery to free labor, and from aristocracy to industrial democracy, had been conceived as a major national program of America, whose accomplishment at any price was well worth the effort, wrote Du Bois, we should be living today in a different world. Interpreting American History: Reconstruction provides a primer on the often-contentious historical literature on Reconstruction, the period in American history from 1865 to 1877. As Du Bois noted, this critical period in U.S. history held much promise for African Americans transitioning from slavery to freedom and in redefining American nationality for all citizens. In topically arranged historiographical essays, eight historians focus on the changing interpretations of Reconstruction from the so-called Dunning School of the early twentieth century to the revisionists of the World War II era, the postrevisionists of the Vietnam era, and the most current post-postrevisionists writing on Reconstruction today. The essays treat the two main chronological periods of Reconstruction history, Presidential and Radical Reconstruction, and provide coverage of emancipation and race, national politics, intellectual life and historical memory, gender and labor, and Reconstructions transnational history. Interpreting American History: Reconstruction is an essential guidebook for students and scholars traversing the formidable terrain of Reconstruction historiography
Slavery, race, and American history : historical conflict, trends, and method, 1866-1953 by John David Smith( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays introduce the complexities of researching and analyzing race. This book focuses on problems confronted while researching, writing and interpreting race and slavery, such as conflict between ideological perspectives, and changing interpretations of the questions
Soldiering for freedom : how the Union army recruited, trained, and deployed the U.S. Colored Troops by Bob Luke( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After President Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, Confederate slaves who could reach Union lines often made that perilous journey. A great many of the young and middle-aged among them, along with other black men in the free and border slave states, joined the Union army. These U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), as the War Department designated most black units, materially helped to win the Civil War--performing a variety of duties, fighting in some significant engagements, and proving to the Confederates that Northern manpower had practically no limits. Soldiering for Freedom explains how Lincoln's administration came to recognize the advantages of arming free blacks and former slaves and how doing so changed the purpose of the war. Bob Luke and John David Smith narrate and analyze how former slaves and free blacks found their way to recruiting centers and made the decision to muster in. As Union military forces recruited, trained, and equipped ex-slave and free black soldiers in the last two years of the Civil War, white civilian and military authorities often regarded the African American soldiers with contempt. They relegated the men of the USCT to second-class treatment compared to white volunteers. The authors show how the white commanders deployed the black troops, and how the courage of the African American soldiers gave hope for their full citizenship after the war. Including twelve evocative historical engravings and photographs, this engaging and meticulously researched book provides a fresh perspective on a fascinating topic. Appropriate for history students, scholars of African American history, or military history buffs, this compelling and informative account will provide answers to many intriguing questions about the U.S. Colored Troops, Union military strategy, and race relations during and after the tumultuous Civil War
My bondage and my freedom by Frederick Douglass( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An outspoken abolitionist, Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818, and after his escape in 1838, he repeatedly risked his own freedom as an antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. My Bondage and My Freedom represents ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor, William Lloyd Garrison. Upon its initial publication in 1855, this book catapulted Douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks - free and slave. Written during his celebrated career as a speaker and newspaper editor, My Bondage and My Freedom reveals the author of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) grown more mature, forceful, analytical, and complex with a deepened commitment to the fight for equal rights and liberties."--Jacket
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John Brown
John BrownDictionary of Afro-American slaveryUndaunted radical : the selected writings and speeches of Albion W. TourgéeBlack soldiers in blue : African American troops in the Civil War eraThe flaming swordA Union woman in Civil War Kentucky : the diary of Frances PeterBlack voices from Reconstruction, 1865-1877History teaches us to hope : reflections on the Civil War and southern history
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Smith, John D.

Smith, John D. 1949-

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