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By Janette Thomas Greenwood

Bittersweet Legacy is the dramatic tale of the connection among generations of black and white southerners in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1850 to 1910. Janette Greenwood describes the interactions among black and white enterprise people--the 'better classes,' as they referred to as themselves. Her ebook paints a shockingly complicated portrait of race and sophistication kinfolk within the New South and demonstrates the impression of private relationships, generational shifts, and the interaction of neighborhood, nation, and nationwide occasions in shaping the responses of black and white southerners to one another and the realm round them.Greenwood argues that suggestions of race and sophistication replaced considerably within the overdue 19th century. Documenting the increase of interracial social reform pursuits within the Eighteen Eighties, she means that the 'better sessions' in short created another imaginative and prescient of race relatives. The disintegration of the alliance because of New South politics and a generational shift in management left a bittersweet legacy for Charlotte that will weigh seriously on its electorate good into the 20 th century.

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Antebellum southern women typically kept a low public profile; but the temperance issue touched directly on family life, allowing women to voice opinions in the public arena in the decade before the Civil War. Although local women apparently did not form their own temperance societies or hold offices in Charlotte's temperance organizationas they would in the 1880sthey made themselves heard in the local press. Women typically addressed their pleas specifically to men, calling for the obliteration of "the tyrant Alcohol" in order to secure family life.

Elsewhere in the antebellum United Statessuch as Rochester and Utica, New York, Jacksonville, Illinois, and Providence, Rhode Islandthe temperance movement served as a rallying point for an emerging middle class. But many of Charlotte's businesspeople and professionals, a small, amorphous group, were just beginning to experience long-sought prosperity. They seemed unwilling to commit themselves to the temperance movement, perhaps fearful that the loss of liquor sales would threaten the town's burgeoning good fortune.

Some of these slaves may have worked on farms owned by their masters in the country, while many others were "hired out" as house servants or laborers. In addition, some town slaves probably worked in their masters' manufacturing enterprises. John Wilkes, proprietor of the Mecklenburg Iron Works, had ten slaves, and lawyer and railroad promoter William Johnston, who also owned a sawmill, had eleven. Employed as industrial workers and hired out as servants, slaves in Charlotte, as in other southern towns, experienced an independence unknown to slaves on the plantation.

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