The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War

The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War

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by David S. Cecelski
     
 

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Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black

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Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army's ranks. He also stood at the forefront of an African American political movement that flourished in the Union-occupied parts of North Carolina, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature.
Long hidden from history, Galloway's story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. As David Cecelski writes, "Galloway's Civil War was a slave insurgency, a war of liberation that was the culmination of generations of perseverance and faith." This riveting portrait illuminates Galloway's life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African Americans in the South.

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A riveting portrait of a real-life African-American icon.—Kam Williams

David S. Cecelski's biography of Abraham H. Galloway, an African American leader in the Civil War era, is a masterpiece of research.—John Cimprich, author of Fort Pillow, a Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory

Cecelski has restored Galloway to his rightful place in the historiography. . . . [He] has done a remarkable job of tracing his subject's multifarious contribution to the cause of black freedom and equality.—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469621906
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/15/2015
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
813,884
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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A vividly written and well researched narrative of the life of a largely overlooked but major black leader in the Civil War and Reconstruction. It is true that slaves earned their freedom by fighting in the Union forces, sometimes under horrendously discriminatory circumstances. Cecelski provides additional force to the view that slaves militantly exercised agency in defense of their rights as the price of their participation. Galloway was an important voice for their insistence on a war for their liberation and not just to save the Union.—Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, and past chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights

Meet the Author

Historian David S. Cecelski is author of The Waterman's Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina and co-editor (with Timothy B. Tyson) of Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy.

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