Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps

by Amy Murrell Taylor


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ISBN-13: 9781469643625
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/26/2018
Series: Civil War America
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 333,572
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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Amy Murrell Taylor is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky and author of The Divided Family in Civil War America.

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The largest hole in the literature on the American Civil War is the experience of African American slave refugees called contrabands. Amy Murrell Taylor ably fills much of that gap with her truly impressive book, Embattled Freedom. Taylor brings to life the remarkable journey of these African Americans, a migration that began with the thrill of fulfilling of their dream of freedom, but in most cases was fraught with hardship and misfortune. Without doubt, this book is the starting point for anyone interested in the saga and often tragedy that befell hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children in the wartime transition from slavery to freedom.--Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

A wonderfully conceived and persuasive new history of wartime refugees--innovative in its organization, pathbreaking in its seamless integration of military and social history, and beautifully written.--Leslie Schwalm, University of Iowa

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