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How the slaves saw the Civil War : recollections of the war through the WPA slave narratives
Covey, Herbert C.
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Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2014]
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xvi, 270 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Works Progress Administration narratives and the Civil War -- Civil War living conditions for slaves -- Ex-slave accounts of battles -- Taking sides: acts of resistance and loyalty during the Civil War -- Slave involvement with the union military -- Slave involvement with the confederate military -- The day the yankees came -- How the slaves saw major figures of the war -- Freedom and what came after.
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E453 .C83 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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Drawing from narratives of former slaves to provide accurate and poignant insights, this book presents descriptions in the former slaves' own words about their lives before, during, and following the Civil War.

* Supplies the actual words of former slaves used in the narratives, giving readers not only a better sense of the individuals' experiences but also of the oral tradition of African Americans during the Civil War period

* Includes carefully selected images of the time to underscore key concepts in the narratives and historical events and to engage the reader

* Provides an extensive bibliography of other reliable sources appropriate for further research by general readers, academics specializing in African American history, and Civil War buffs alike

Author Notes

Herbert C. Covey , PhD, is deputy director of human services for Adams County, Colorado, and part-time instructor at the University of Colorado--Boulder.

Dwight A. Eisnach is an independent scholar, writer, and editor.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1 The Works Progress Administration Narratives and the Civil Warp. 1
2 Civil War Living Conditions for Slavesp. 13
3 Ex-Slave Accounts of Battlesp. 33
4 Taking Sides: Acts of Resistance and Loyalty during the Civil Warp. 57
5 Slave Involvement with the Union Militaryp. 97
6 Slave Involvement with the Confederate Militaryp. 125
7 The Day the Yankees Camep. 157
8 How the Slaves Saw the Major Figures of the Warp. 181
9 Freedom and What Came Afterp. 217
Referencesp. 249
Indexp. 265
About the Authorsp. 271