Unformatted text preview: wanted free blacks to maintain a role as quasi-slaves rather to progress in society. The idea of an intellectual freeman scared for most people. Caldwell may have been the exception for many white people. With the knowledge of the difficulties of freemen during that era, Caldwell’s life is no longer just a story of a dedicated janitor rather of a former slave whose dreams and aspirations were limited by the society he lived in. It is clear about Caldwell times as town commissioner, Justice of the Peace, and in his interest in education, that he dreamt of being something more than just a janitor for the university. If Caldwell had been able to tell him tell his life story, than he would emphasize on his life achievements during the reconstruction era. He had been able to achieve a role in society that was rare and unseen by African Americans in the area at that time....
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- Fall '08
- American Civil War, Reconstruction era of the United States, Caldwell