The Negro's Civil War by James M. McPherson
How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union (Vintage Civil War Library)

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In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their essential contributions to their own freedom. Through the words of these extraordinary participants, both Northern and Southern, McPherson captures African-American responses to emancipation, the shifting attitudes toward Lincoln and the life of black soldiers in the Union army. Above all, we are allowed to witness the dreams of a disenfranchised people eager to embrace the rights and the equality offered to them, finally, as citizens.

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About James M. McPherson

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JAMES M. McPHERSON is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books on the Civil War, including Battle Cry of Freedom, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and For Cause and Comrades, which won the prestigious Lincoln prize. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Published December 10, 2008 by Vintage. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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