Freedom's Soldiers: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 1998 - History - 192 pages
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When nearly 200,000 black men, most of them former slaves, entered the Union army and navy, they transformed the Civil War into a struggle for liberty and changed the course of American history. Freedom's Soldiers tells the story of those men in their own words and the words of other eyewitnesses. These moving letters, affidavits, and memorials--drawn from the records of the National Archives--reveal the variety and complexity of the African-American experience during the era of emancipation.

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About the author (1998)

Ira Berlin is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Joseph P. Reidy is professor of history at Howard University. He is coeditor of four volumes in the multivolume project, "Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867".

Rowland teaches history at the University of Maryland. He is the director of the Freedman and Southern Society Project, which is compiling a multivolume documentary history of the transition from slavery to freedom.

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