Black Southerners in Gray: Essays on Afro-Americans in Confederate Armies / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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- Rank & File Publications
The first serious, scholarly look at a forgotten aspect of the Civil War. Eleven essays by five authors detail the experiences of Black Southerners as servants and soldiers in the Confederate army. One reviewer has written that Black Southerners is "an important contribution to the study of a war where race is a central issue".
|Publisher:||Rank & File Publications|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.01(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.55(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the great tragedies of the Southern War of Indepence has been the cartoon caricatures made of the south. While slavery was something both sides were guilty of,it is an injustice to paint the south as though race relations were horrible throughout. This book should give these myths their proper burial. Black southerners loved their native land and their native land loved them and it still does. This book will hopefully lead to the building of a monument in their honor for their courage and integrity. The authors also show that blacks in the old south did not have the view that the war was fought over the 'peculiar institution' of slavery but for the defense of freedom for all.
As a Southerner, I already knew that slaves were forced to support the Confederate efforts, but until I read the book did not appreciate the fact that many considered themselves just as Southern as any white man and freely supported the South. It's a shame that Black Confederates didn't get their deserved recognition for loyalty and patriotism to the Confederacy.
This is a very nice and informative collection of essays on this hidden aspect of black history. This will make you re-think slavery and the evil south.