African Americans During the Civil War

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During the Civil War, slaves faced a quickly changing environment, caught between the opposing sides. While Northern African Americans eventually were permitted to join the battle for the Union, some Southern African Americans revolted against their owners. Whatever their opportunity for involvement in the war effort, African Americans struggled for a Union victory that would bring them closer to freedom. African Americans during the Civil War ...

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Overview

During the Civil War, slaves faced a quickly changing environment, caught between the opposing sides. While Northern African Americans eventually were permitted to join the battle for the Union, some Southern African Americans revolted against their owners. Whatever their opportunity for involvement in the war effort, African Americans struggled for a Union victory that would bring them closer to freedom. African Americans during the Civil War explores this intriguing time in American history.

Topics include:

  • The U.S. War Department's Bureau for Colored Troops
  • African Americans in the Union Army
  • Legislation, including the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Acts, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and its impact on African Americans
  • Racism in both Northern and Southern forces
  • African-American soldiers as advocates and spokespeople for equal rights.
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During the Civil War, over 180,000 African-American men served in the armed forces of the Union. The contributions of these soldiers and sailors were immense; they helped pave the way toward the eventual Federal victory. Despite this, the use of African-American fighting men was strongly resisted by many parties in the North. Not until 1863 was there deemed to be sufficient need to call forth African-American fighting men in any substantial numbers. Once given the opportunity to serve, African-American men faced racism amongst their Union comrades and murderous anger on the part of their Confederate foes. At places such as Fort Wagner, Port Hudson, and Petersburg, African-American soldiers demonstrated their capacity to fight and serve with courage. The story of those African-American service men is presented in this volume of the illustrated "Slavery in the Americas" series. In telling this important but often neglected element of Civil War history, Deborah DeFord does a journeyman's job. The text of this book is sprinkled with enlightening information and quotations from actual participants in the war. Occasionally elements of hyperbole or slight factual errors indicate a somewhat sketchy grasp of military facts. Nevertheless, taken as a whole, this book offers valuable information about a legacy of African-American military service that is all too often overlooked. 2006, Facts on File/Chelsea House, Ages 10 to 14.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Aimed at middle school readers, each of these books also has some value for older students. Civil War covers not only African Americans but also the forces that created the "U.S. Colored Troops" and the spread of rights during and after the war. Slavery and Rebellions enlarge the area of interest by including a lengthy and thorough discussion of these topics in all of the Americas, placing slavery within a global, historical, and societal context. Clearly written, accessible, and well organized, each volume is illustrated with black-and-white drawings, period photographs, and explanatory text boxes. Useful additions.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816061389
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Slavery in the Americas Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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