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J. Saunders Redding directed me to the Mound Bayou material in his works, and Marjorie A. Kierstead of Baker Library at Harvard uncovered the Montgomery entries in the R. G. Dun Credit Ledgers. Mrs. Betty White Wills of Tulsa, Oklahoma, promptly and generously granted permission to quote from her typescript, "Interludes," by Mary Mitchell White. Adele Hayes-Davis Sinton of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was equally gracious in allowing me to use the Jefferson Hayes-Davis collection of valuable letters.

Frank and his charming wife, Clyde, befriended me with a warmth which enriched all of my visits to Page xi Vicksburg, and, subsequently, Frank has provided painstaking and perceptive criticism of the entire manuscript. I treasure the kind words with which Sheldon Meyer accepted this work for publication by the oldest press in the English-speaking world, and I have benefited from the astute editorial assistance of Susan Rabiner. My greatest debt is to the two people who made this book possible. Kenneth M.

Hermann, my husband, enthusiastically shared my ideas and gave me the benefit of an economist's point of view; his generous physical and emotional support and unfailing pride in my accomplishments sustained me throughout the project. J. S. H. BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA Page xiii Contents Preface v I Joseph Davis Has a Dream 1 An Antebellum Experiment 3 II Federal Officers Usurp the Dream 2 The Chaos of War 37 3 The Problem of Reconstruction 61 III Benjamin Montgomery Seeks to Implement the Dream 4 A Difficult Beginning 109 5 Prosperity and Independence 143 6 The Decline of the Colony 195 IV Isaiah Montgomery Revives the Dream 7 Mound Bayou 219 Notes 247 Selected Bibliography 275 Page 1 I Joseph Davis Has a Dream Page 3 1 An Antebellum Experiment ''Train any population rationally, and they will be rational.

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