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A Tour of ReconstructionTravel Letters of 1875$
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J. Matthew Gallman, and Anna Dickinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134246

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134246.001.0001

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Evansville, Indiana

Evansville, Indiana


(p.133) Evansville, Indiana
A Tour of Reconstruction

Anna Dickinson

University Press of Kentucky

The next letter begins with more descriptions of Savannah and of Andersonville Prison. Dickinson then wrote a long, fairly satirical, account of a sermon she in a black church in Macon. Dickinson and Bernard then traveled on to Atlanta, and then Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a stop at Lookout Mountain. While in Tennessee Dickinson offered extended commentary about the military engagements that had occurred there during the Civil War, and how they were remembered by the locals. In Nashville she visited Fisk University and commented on the teachers she met there. While Dickinson was in Nashville, an African American man shot and killed a local police officer, prompting a mob to break into the jail to capture and lynch the killer. Dickinson was appalled by the event while concluding that the man deserved his fate. She concludes the letter with a discussion of the racial composition of the local penitentiary and in the convict leasing system. From Nashville, Dickinson and Bernard went home.

Keywords:   lynching, Civil War memory, race and prisons, race and education, Nashville, Fisk University

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