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By James Robert Hester

New Englander William Allen (1830–1889) is generally identified at the present time because the lead editor of the 1867 anthology Slave Songs of the USA, the earliest released number of Negro spirituals, and as a distinctive background professor on the college of Wisconsin. in the course of the Civil struggle, he served from past due 1863 via mid-1864 as a member of the “Gideonite band” of businessmen, missionaries, and academics who migrated to the South Carolina Sea Islands as a part of the Port Royal scan. After the battle, he served as assistant superintendent of colleges in Charleston from April via July 1865. Allen stored journals in the course of his assignments in South Carolina within which he recorded occasions and impressions of approximately numerous hundred humans, in particular ex-slaves, besides fellow Gideonites, Union infantrymen and officers, and ex-Confederates.

In A Yankee pupil in Coastal South Carolina, editor James Robert Hester has transcribed Allen’s journals and entirely 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 frequently analyzed the folks, occasions, and ideas he encountered. as well as being a reliable beginner musician, Allen used to be a Harvard-trained historian and philologist and taken his amazing talents to his writing. Later in his existence he turned an eminent professor of historical past on the collage of Wisconsin.

Hester’s introductory bankruptcy summarizes Allen’s lifestyles from his early adolescence in Northborough, Massachusetts, via his schooling at Harvard, his tasks as affiliate primary of the West Newton (Massachusetts) English and Classical university, and his engagement within the Port Royal test. The advent additionally surveys Allen’s essays at the South released within the Christian Examiner in the course of the Civil conflict and his articles written for The country on the war’s finish. chapters hide 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 bright glimpses of coastal South Carolina in the course of the Civil War.

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