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By James Robert Hester

New Englander William Allen (1830–1889) is usually recognized this present day because the lead editor of the 1867 anthology Slave Songs of the USA, the earliest released choice of Negro spirituals, and as a exclusive historical past professor on the college of Wisconsin. through the Civil warfare, he served from past due 1863 via mid-1864 as a member of the “Gideonite band” of businessmen, missionaries, and lecturers who migrated to the South Carolina Sea Islands as a part of the Port Royal test. After the battle, he served as assistant superintendent of faculties in Charleston from April via July 1865. Allen stored journals in the course of his assignments in South Carolina during which he recorded occasions and impressions of approximately numerous hundred humans, specially ex-slaves, in addition to fellow Gideonites, Union squaddies and officers, and ex-Confederates.

In A Yankee pupil in Coastal South Carolina, editor James Robert Hester has transcribed Allen’s journals and completely annotated them to create an important documentary resource of data on Civil struggle South Carolina. Hester notes that Allen’s journals are greater than travelogues, as he usually analyzed the folks, occasions, and ideas he encountered. as well as being a reliable novice musician, Allen used to be a Harvard-trained historian and philologist and taken his extraordinary talents to his writing. Later in his existence he turned an eminent professor of background on the college of Wisconsin.

Hester’s introductory bankruptcy summarizes Allen’s lifestyles from his early youth in Northborough, Massachusetts, via his schooling at Harvard, his tasks as affiliate imperative of the West Newton (Massachusetts) English and Classical tuition, and his engagement within the Port Royal scan. The creation additionally surveys Allen’s essays at the South released within the Christian Examiner through the Civil warfare and his articles written for The kingdom on the war’s finish. chapters disguise Allen’s St. Helena and Charleston journals, respectively, and the e-book closes with a quick epilogue. The paintings is generously annotated, containing virtually six hundred endnotes, which magnify Allen’s narrative and supplement Allen’s brilliant glimpses of coastal South Carolina through the Civil War.

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