At Freedom's Margins: Race, Disability, Violence and the Brewer Orphan Asylum in Southeastern North Carolina, 1866-1872

  • Hilary N. Green

Abstract

"At Freedom's Margins" looks at the post-bellum impacts of the war, specifically targeting the Brewer Orphan Asylum in North Carolina. The author, Hilary Green, is the 2016 recipient of the annual Brewster Award, a scholarly competition that includes presenting a paper at the annual NCAH conference and submitting a polished, longer version of the same piece to the award committee. Recipients of the award (who must be NCAH members) are offered the opportunity to have their paper published as a peer-reviewed article in the annual Journal o f the North Carolina Association o f Historians. "At Freedom's Margins: Race, Disability, Violence and the Brewer Orphan Asylum in Southeastern North Carolina, 1866-1872" blends primary and secondary resources in a study of an orphan asylum that housed orphans, displaced persons and disabled veterans and civilians. By utilizing biographies of asylum residents provided by AMA missionary and asylum superintendent John Nichols, a personalized view of the post-Civil War refugee crisis emerges. Through this approach, Green provides a unique. assessment of late 19th century efforts at accommodating post-war civilian and veteran care through a volunteer religious organization. This study also assists the reader in better understanding one temporary transitional pathway toward emancipation and assimilation of freedmen into American society during the Reconstruction Era. Protected and secure in this sanctuary, Green relates how African Americans and even some Native Americans experienced six years of transitfon and care in an era and region otherwise beset with white violence and economic upheaval.

Author Biography

Hilary N. Green

Hilary Green has a PhD in History from UNC-Chapel Hill and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.

Published
2016-10-01