The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
The first narrative history of the Civil War told by the very people it freed
Groundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slavesí War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nationís bloodiest conflict. An acclaimed historian of nineteenth-century and African-American history, Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided. Woven together from hundreds of interviews, diaries, letters, and memoirs, here is the Civil War as seen from not only battlefields, capitals, and camps, but also slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, farms, towns, and swamps. Speaking in a quintessentially American language of wit, candor, and biblical power, army cooks and launderers, runaways, teamsters, and gravediggers bring the war to vivid life.
From slavesí theories about the causes of the war to their frank assessments of such major figures as Lincoln, Davis, Lee, and Grant; from their searing memories of the carnage of battle to their often startling attitudes toward masters and liberators alike; and from their initial jubilation at the Yankee invasion of the slave South to the crushing disappointment of freedomís promise unfulfilled, The Slavesí War is a transformative and engrossing vision of Americaís Second Revolution.
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Review: The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former SlavesUser Review - Robin - Goodreads
Nice well paced read. A fitting book to add to my research of the time. well organized. A well rounded IMO view of those who lived in that time as slaves and how they saw the war. Read full review
Review: The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former SlavesUser Review - Carla Ann - Goodreads
It is a unique and very sobering collection of stories. A must read for anyone truly interested in The Civil War. Read full review