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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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Demonstrates the ways slaves claimed the war as their own, not as a war to save the Union as it was, but as a war to save a different kind of Union, one committed to the principles of freedom that included both blacks and whites.—Civil War Book Review

[Highly recommended] for its examination of Galloway as well as the racial climate of the Civil War.—West Virginia History

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

Beautifully crafted, exhaustively researched and well-argued. . . . Cecelski provides a clear window into the emancipation process.—John David Smith, UNC-Charlotte, in the Charlotte Observer

All libraries should purchase this well-written work. . . . Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.—Choice

Beautifully crafted, exhaustively researched and well-argued. . . . Cecelski provides a clear window into the emancipation process.—Raleigh News & Observer

We are indebted to Cecelski for challenging long-standing analytical frameworks and reconfiguring assumptions about African American participation in the Civil War.—Journal of American History

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

This portrait of an important American will appeal to those with an interest in African American political history during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras as well as those with an interest in North Carolina history.—Library Journal

Dr. Cecelski shares the story of Abraham Galloway, an important African American leader in the Civil War.—CarolinaCoastOnline.com

A book that will be important to people who like to read about the Civil War and those interested in the struggle for Civil Rights.—D. G. Martin, The Mountaineer

[A] thrilling biography.—Jim Downs, Huffington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469621906
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/15/2015
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
914,977
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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An excellent work of scholarship by a top flight historian. I am deeply impressed by the detective work that went into discovering Galloway's story.—Edward E. Baptist, Cornell University

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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