Macon, Georgia

Anna Dickinson

in A Tour of Reconstruction

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134246
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135946 | DOI:
Macon, Georgia

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This chapter details how Dickinson and Bernard started in Norfolk, and traveled through Wilmington, Raleigh, and Charlotte in North Carolina. In Wilmington, a black man invoked in Dickinson the recently passed Civil Rights Act of 1875 to demand a ticket to Dickinson's lecture in the “white” section. This provoked great controversy and lead Dickinson to comment on the efficacy of the new legislation. In Raleigh she inspected the state's public buildings, toured the famous Tarboro house, and inquired about the racial composition in the state penitentiary. In Charlotte, Dickinson described an episode where a light-skinned African American S.C. legislator had barely escaped an angry mob when they heard he was staying in a local hotel. This story lead her to further commentary on the Civil Rights Act. Outside Charlotte she stopped at Salisbury, to visit the site of the infamous prison of war camp. Dickinson's description of this visit provides some of the most powerful moments in her journey.

Keywords: Civil Rights Act of 1875; prisoners of war; penitentiaries; Civil War memory; Salisbury prison

Chapter.  13058 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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