Families and Freedom by Ira Berlin
A Documentary History of African American Kinship in the Civil War Era

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Through the dramatic and moving letters and testimony of freed slaves, Families and Freedom tells the story of the remaking of the black family during the tumultuous years of the Civil War era. Former slaves, free blacks, and their contemporaries recount the elation accompanying the reunion of brothers and sisters separated for half a lifetime and the anguished realization that time lost could never be made up.

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Ira Berlin is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Published January 1, 1997 by New Press. 259 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Told mostly from the perspectives of black soldiers and their families, these poignant letters show the devotion and love that existed among African-American relatives despite all efforts to destroy slave families.

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