The Negro's Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - History - 400 pages
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In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their essential contributions to their own freedom. Through the words of these extraordinary participants, both Northern and Southern, McPherson captures African-American responses to emancipation, the shifting attitudes toward Lincoln and the life of black soldiers in the Union army. Above all, we are allowed to witness the dreams of a disenfranchised people eager to embrace the rights and the equality offered to them, finally, as citizens.


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User Review  - xenchu - LibraryThing

An important book on the Civil War and civil rights. Shows, in their own words, how African-Americans felt about the war, about race relations and about their desired place in the nation. Also ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greg Sumers - Goodreads

Interesting book in that it was more compilation than writing. McPherson really just links extracts from many different historical sources with his words. It was interesting to see how much dissension there was in Black communities during Civil War, including those against Lincoln as too moderate. Read full review

Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
PREFACE TO THE 1991 EDITION
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
Chapter 1THE ELECTION OF 1860AND THE COMING OF WAR
Chapter 2THE NEGROS RESPONSETO THE WAR 1861
THE NORTHERN SCENE 186165
Chapter 4EMANCIPATION IN THE SOUTH186165
Chapter 5ANTINEGRO MOB VIOLENCEIN THE NORTH 186263
Chapter 14THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL PAY
Chapter 15NEGRO SOLDIERSIN THE UNION ARMY 186364
Chapter 16BLACK TROOPSIN THE FINAL YEAR OF WAR
Chapter 17THE CONFEDERATE DECISIONTO RAISE A NEGRO ARMY 186465
Chapter 18CIVIL RIGHTS ANDDESEGREGATION IN THE NORTH
Chapter 19WARTIME DISCUSSIONS OF RECONSTRUCTIONAND NEGRO SUFFRAGE
Chapter 20LAND FOR THE LANDLESS
Chapter 21THE NEGROS ATTITUDETOWARD LINCOLN 186465

Chapter 6THE COLONIZATION ISSUE
Chapter 7THE NEGROS RESPONSE TO THECHARGE OF RACIAL INFERIORITY
Chapter 8GOVERNMENT PHILANTHROPYAND THE FREEDMEN
Chapter 9NEGRO MISSIONS TO THE FREEDMEN
Chapter 10NEGRO CONTRIBUTIONSTO THE UNION WAR EFFORT
INITIATION OP A POLICY 186263
Chapter 12BLACK TROOPS FROM THE NORTH
Chapter 13NEGRO SOLDIERSPROVE THEMSELVES IN BATTLE 1863
Chapter 22THE NEGRO FACES THE FUTURE
NEGRO AND WHITE POPULATION OF THE UNITEDSTATES IN 1860
NEGRO AND WHITE POPULATION OF SELECTEDAMERICAN CITIES IN 1860
NOTES
A NOTE ON SOURCES
AN AFTERWORD ON BIBLIOGRAPHY
ALSO BY JAMES MCPHERSON
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About the author (2008)

James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of History at Princeton University. America’s leading historian of the Civil War, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, which was a New York Times bestseller, and he won the Lincoln Prize for For Cause and Comrades.


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