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The Negro in the Civil War

The Negro in the Civil War

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The Civil War was a revolution in many ways, writes Benjamin Quarles in this renowned work. But on one point there is common agreement: without slavery there would have been no resort to arms. Hence the slave was the key factor in the war. But the Negro's tale was not merely a passive one; he did not tarry in the wings, hands folded. He was an active member of the cast, prominent in the dramatis personae. To him freedom was a two-way street; indeed he gave prior to receiving.

Quarles writes powerfully about the role of three-and-a-half million blacks in the South, who were impressed into non-combatant service--building forts and entrenchments, working in factories and mines. In the North, black Americans fought with distinction on the front lines, shedding blood for an ideal--emancipation--that was cruelly betrayed during Reconstruction. The story of black Americans in the Civil War, in which they, in more ways than one, stood in the middle, was largely untold until this book by a distinguished scholar offered the wisdom and verve to make a great episode in our history come alive.


Author: Benjamin Quarles
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Published: 03/22/1989
Pages: 404
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.01lbs
Size: 8.47h x 5.39w x 0.92d
ISBN: 9780306803505

About the Author
Benjamin Quarles (1904-1996) was a noted author, editor, and historian and the first African American to be published in what later became the Journal of American History.Africana hails him as a key figure in the emergence of African-American history as an academic discipline.

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