Cecelia: Back in Louisville

Brad Asher

in Cecelia and Fanny

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134147
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135922 | DOI:
Cecelia: Back in Louisville

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After the war, Cecelia and William moved back to Louisville. This chapter looks at their experiences in the context of African American life in this period. Cecelia and William faced persistent racial discrimination and low wages for hard work. In the mid 1880s, William disappeared while looking for work, and Cecelia was left alone. This chapter describes her ultimately successful efforts to secure a Civil War widow's pension, and analyzes the workings of the pension system. It also looks at her daughter's marriage to Alexander Reels, and her support for the aging Cecelia. It also describes Cecelia's renewed connection with Fanny and, after Fanny's death, her correspondence with Rogers Clark, Fanny's son.

Keywords: Louisville; African Americans; racial discrimination; Civil War pensions; Jim Crow laws; race relations

Chapter.  7185 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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