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By James Robert Hester

New Englander William Allen (1830–1889) is generally 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 distinctive historical past professor on the collage of Wisconsin. in the course of the Civil conflict, 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 scan. After the warfare, he served as assistant superintendent of colleges in Charleston from April via July 1865. Allen saved journals in the course of his assignments in South Carolina during which he recorded occasions and impressions of approximately a number of hundred humans, specially ex-slaves, in addition to fellow Gideonites, Union squaddies and officers, and ex-Confederates.

In A Yankee student 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 conflict South Carolina. Hester notes that Allen’s journals are greater than travelogues, as he usually analyzed the folks, occasions, and concepts he encountered. as well as being a reliable beginner musician, Allen was once a Harvard-trained historian and philologist and taken his notable abilities to his writing. Later in his lifestyles he turned an eminent professor of background on the collage of Wisconsin.

Hester’s introductory bankruptcy summarizes Allen’s existence from his early youth in Northborough, Massachusetts, via his schooling at Harvard, his tasks as affiliate valuable of the West Newton (Massachusetts) English and Classical college, and his engagement within the Port Royal test. The advent 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 conceal Allen’s St. Helena and Charleston journals, respectively, and the booklet closes with a quick epilogue. The paintings is generously annotated, containing virtually six hundred endnotes, which enlarge Allen’s narrative and supplement Allen’s shiny glimpses of coastal South Carolina through the Civil War.

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