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Title:
Freedom's soldiers : the Black military experience in the Civil War
Author:
Berlin, Ira, 1941-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xvi, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521632584

9780521634496
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Ira Berlin was born in New York City on May 27, 1941. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1963, a master's degree in history in 1966, and a Ph.D. in history in 1970, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and Federal City College in Washington before becoming a professor at the University of Maryland in 1974.

He wrote numerous books including Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America, and The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States. He also edited several books including Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation with Marc Favreau and Steven F. Miller. He died from complications of multiple myeloma on June 5, 2018 at the age of 77.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

The Black Military Experience in the Civil War
Freedom+s soldiers
the Black military experience
Freedom+s soldiers
a documentary history