African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign

African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign

by James M. Paradis
     
 

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The Sesquicentennial edition of African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign, expands the range of research beyond its original 2006 edition. With a foreword from chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service, Edwin C. Bearss, Paradis sets the stage by introducing readers to the important and colorful members of the black community in and around the town of…  See more details below

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The Sesquicentennial edition of African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign, expands the range of research beyond its original 2006 edition. With a foreword from chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service, Edwin C. Bearss, Paradis sets the stage by introducing readers to the important and colorful members of the black community in and around the town of Gettysburg, including descriptions of Underground Railroad activity in the area.

With the outbreak of the Civil War, black volunteers for the Union army were initially rejected. But that did not stop them from assuming non-combatant roles, such as their role as teamsters. Paradis also includes overviews of the African American contribution to the Confederate army and finally the authorization of black troops in the North, with their early action in combat before and during the Gettysburg Campaign. Paradis searingly describes, among other matters, the Invasion of Pennsylvania by the Confederate Army in July, 1863, which would turn into a massive slave hunt with the abduction of free Pennsylvania blacks, precipitating a boom in black resident volunteers in defense of the state. From there, Paradis dives into the fighting in Gettysburg and other Pennsylvania towns, with a focus on black contributions and casualties. Paradis’ work then turns its attention to the aftermath of the battle, including the labor of African Americans in the disinterring of bodies for the National Cemetery.

This new edition of African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign includes appendices on such matters as black residents and points of interest in the town of Gettysburg, an updated tour of Gettysburg highlighting the roles of African Americans, and finally a list of black veterans who attended the 75th Anniversary reunion in Gettysburg. This work includes over 40 images and several maps.

This title is ideal for students, teachers, and scholars of the American Civil War and African American history. Visitors to national parks and anyone who loves American history will find this work a rewarding study of this critical moment in American history and the African American contribution to it.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810883376
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
182
File size:
22 MB
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Meet the Author

James M. Paradis is a former licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has authored two books on African Americans in the Civil War, and he teaches history at Arcadia University and is an Upper School Dean at Doane Academy where he has taught history for 25 years.
James M. Paradis is a former licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park and completed masters and doctoral work at Temple University. He has authored two books on African Americans in the Civil War. He teaches history at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and is an Upper School Dean at Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, where he has taught history for 25 years.

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