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

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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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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

Contents

The Election of 1860 and the Coming of
3
The Negros Response to the War 1861
19
The Northern Scene 186165
39
Emancipation in the South 186165
55
Wi The Colonization Issue
79
Wii The Negros Response to the Charge of Racial Inferiority
101
wili Government Philanthropy and the Freedmen
113
Negro Missions to the Freedmen
135
The Struggle for Equal Pay
197
xw Negro Soldiers in the Union Army 186364
209
Black Troops in the Final Year of War
227
The Confederate Decision to Raise a Negro Army 186465
245
Wartime Discussions of Reconstruction and Negro Suffrage
275
The Negros Attitude Toward Lincoln 186465
305
The Negro Faces the Future
313
A Note on Sources
345

Black Troops from the North
175
Negro Soldiers Prove Themselves in Battle 1863
187
An Afterword on Bibliography
351
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James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of History, Emeritus 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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