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Title:
African Americans during the Civil War
ISBN:
9780816061389
Publication Information:
New York : Chelsea House, c2006.
Physical Description:
112 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents:
The first African Americans to serve -- African-Americans' right to fight -- Raising the "U.S. Colored Troops" -- Racism in the ranks, North and South -- Fighting for equality -- The proof of their manhood -- The occupation army.
Summary:
Tells the history of slaves during the Civil War as they faced a quickly changing environment, caught between the opposing sides. Whatever their opportunity for involvement in the war effort, African Americans struggled for a victory that would bring them closer to freedom.
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Summary

African Americans living in the time period directly preceding the Civil War were influenced by the constant tension between the North and the South. The aftereffects of the Civil War greatly affected African-American life as well. However, during the Civil War, slaves faced a quickly changing environment, caught between the two sides. While Northern African Americans eventually were permitted to join the battle for the Union, some Southern African Americans revolted against their owners. From the new set ""Slavery in the Americas"", ""African Americans during the Civil War"" explores this intriguing time in American history. Topics include: African Americans in the Union Army; the U.S. War Department's Bureau for Colored Troops; racism in both Northern and Southern forces; Frederick Douglass and the ""National Convention of Colored Men""; and African-American soldiers as advocates and spokespeople for equal rights.


Author Notes

Deborah H. DeFord is a freelance writer, editor, researcher, and packager. She holds a B.A. in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. An author of six books, DeFord has also published multiple articles and produced an advice column for young people, as well as an online, interactive cable television program.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Aimed at middle school readers, each of these books also has some value for older students. Civil War covers not only African Americans but also the forces that created the "U.S. Colored Troops" and the spread of rights during and after the war. Slavery and Rebellions enlarge the area of interest by including a lengthy and thorough discussion of these topics in all of the Americas, placing slavery within a global, historical, and societal context. Clearly written, accessible, and well organized, each volume is illustrated with black-and-white drawings, period photographs, and explanatory text boxes. Useful additions.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

A worthwhile purchase for collections, this series places slavery in context in North America and the world, provides a well-researched history of slavery and African Americans in the U.S., and explains the impact slavery had on the country. The large-size, well-spaced type is enhanced by sidebars and black-and-white archival art. Each volume begins with a series overview. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Slavery in the Americas titles: The Underground Railroad, African Americans during the Civil War, Life under Slavery, Slave Rebellions, The Slave Trade, and African Americans during Reconstruction.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

During the Civil War, slaves faced a quickly changing environment, caught between the opposing sides. While Northern African Americans eventually were permitted to join the battle for the Union, some Southern African Americans revolted against their owners. Whatever their opportunity for involvement in the war effort, African Americans struggled for a Union victory that would bring them closer to freedom. African Americans during the Civil War explores this intriguoing time in American history. Topics include: The U.S. War Department's Bureau for Colored Troops African Americans in the Union Army Legislation, including the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Acts, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and its impact on African Americans Racism in both Northern and Southern forces African-American soldiers as advocates and spokespeople for equal rights. Excerpted from African Americans During the Civil War by Deborah H. DeFord All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


Table of Contents

Preface to the Seriesp. 4
Introductionp. 13
1 The First African Americans to Servep. 17
2 African Americans' Right to Fightp. 31
3 Raising the "U.S. Colored Troops"p. 43
4 Racism in the Ranks, North and Southp. 55
5 Fighting for Equalityp. 65
6 The Proof of Their Manhoodp. 77
7 The Occupation Armyp. 89
Time Linep. 104
Glossaryp. 107
Further Readingp. 108
Indexp. 109
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