African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign

African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign

by James M. Paradis
     
 

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Paradis, a former licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park and former lecturer and participant in Civil War round tables, addresses the many ways black Americans participated in the Gettysburg campaign, their influence on the military outcome, and the impact of the Civil War on their lives. He examines the active prewar role of Gettysburg… See more details below

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Paradis, a former licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park and former lecturer and participant in Civil War round tables, addresses the many ways black Americans participated in the Gettysburg campaign, their influence on the military outcome, and the impact of the Civil War on their lives. He examines the active prewar role of Gettysburg citizens, both black and white, by describing characters from the black community in Gettysburg, including farmers, blacksmiths, teachers, veterinarians, preachers, servants, and laborers. Maps, photographs, and illustrations appear throughout. Two appendixes are included: black residents and points of interest in the town of Gettysburg, and a modern tour of Gettysburg and African Americans. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Reference and Research Book News
Paradis, a former licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park and former lecturer and participant in Civil War round tables, addresses the many ways black Americans participated in the Gettysburg campaign, their influence on the military outcome, and the impact of the Civil War on their lives. He examines the active prewar role of Gettysburg citizens, both black and white, by describing characters from the black community in Gettysburg, including farmers, blacksmiths, teachers, veterinarians, preachers, servants, and laborers. Maps, photographs, and illustrations appear throughout. Two appendixes are included: black residents and points of interest in the town of Gettysburg, and a modern tour of Gettysburg and African Americans.
Edwin C. Bearss
From the Foreword:
The significance of Gettysburg to all people, with an emphasis on Black America, is masterfully addressed by historian James M. Paradis in African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign. The story of the borough and county’s Black community caught up in an epic struggle makes for narrative history at its best. The book is people- and site-oriented. As such it encourages the ever increasing number of park and area visitors that delight in heritage tourism to view sites associated with Gettysburg’s African American community. To facilitate the visitor’s desire to walk in the steps of history, the author has included a chapter highlighting Black-associated sites ad structures, along with two very useful tour maps.
American Reference Books Annual
An excellent book that is highly recommended for individuals and all libraries with an interest in the Civil War.
Civil War News
This book is recommended for any Civil War buff or historian interested in African American contributions to the Battle of Gettysburg as well as the Civil War as a whole. The closing chapters are particularly interesting to Civil War buffs because they demonstrate how Gettysburg residents participated in the Civil War long after the battle. Reading African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign not only informs, it motivates the reader to learn more about the topic and visit Gettysburg in order to better appreciate the contribution made by many African Americans.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
An excellent book that is highly recommended for individuals and all libraries with an interest in the Civil War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810850309
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/20/2005
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.35(d)

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