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Title:
African Americans in the Civil War
Author:
Brooks, Victor.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, 2000.
Physical Description:
64 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary:
Relates the experiences of Black soldiers who fought in the Union Army as well as of those who fought with the Confederate forces during the Civil War.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780791054352
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Black soldiers' combat experiences fighting in the Union and Confederate Armies were at times vastly different from those of their white counterparts.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. Each volume in this proposed set of 12 focuses on one aspect of the Civil War. African Americans discusses the role of African American soldiers fighting for the Union and the Confederacy. Forts describes pivotal events at Fort Sumter and Fort Wagner in South Carolina, Fort Fisher in North Carolina, Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in Tennessee, and the fortified city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The volumes, illustrated with reproductions of period photos, paintings, and engravings, begin with line-drawn maps that are generic to the series. They end with lists of books and Web sites that reflect the subject of each volume. Civil War buffs and librarians alike will react to the series title, Untold History of the Civil War, with some degree of skepticism. Isn't it a stretch to imply that the vast literature on the period has overlooked the Underground Railroad, for example? Still, the series books themselves appear to offer solid introductory material that, if not new to library shelves, is presented in an accessible and readable fashion. Check the Series Roundup, this issue, for volumes on secret weapons and the Underground Railroad. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Two competently written, but dry titles. Each book includes black-and-white maps and average-quality archival photos and reproductions. Brooks examines participation by blacks in service to the Union and Confederate causes. While this is an aspect of the war that is not well known, the treatment here is sketchy at best. The rationales behind allowing African Americans to serve as well as the debates that held up their deployment on both sides of the conflict are explored in greater depth in Jim Haskins's Black, Blue and Gray: African Americans in the Civil War (S & S, 1998). Nofi presents the history of the Underground Railroad, its most famous participants, escapes, and rescues. He details the various jobs of the Railroad's workers and reasons why people supported it and participated in its activities. Correspondence among the members of this loosely knit organization round out the presentation. Jim Haskins's Get on Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad (Scholastic, 1995) remains a more readable, better-developed account.-Virginia R. La Juene, Schenectady County Public Library System, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Black soldiers' combat experiences fighting in the Union and Confederate Armies were at times vastly different from those of their white counterparts. Excerpted from African-Americans in the Civil War by Victor D. Brooks 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.