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Now or Never!: Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery

Now or Never!: Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery

by Ray Anthony Shepard


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A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book

Here is the riveting dual biography of two little-known but extraordinary African-American Union soldiers in Civil War history—George E. Stephens and James Henry Gooding.

Stephens and Gooding not only served in the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, the well-known black regiment, but were also war correspondents who published eyewitness reports of the battlefields. Their dispatches told the truth of their lives at camp, their intense training, and the dangers and tragedies on the battlefield. Like the other thousands of black soldiers in the regiment, they not only fought against the Confederacy and the inhumanity of slavery, but also against injustice in their own army. The regiment’s protest against unfair pay resulted in America’s first major civil rights victory—equal pay for African American soldiers. This fresh perspective on the Civil War includes an author’s note, timeline, bibliography, index and source notes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629793405
Publisher: Astra Publishing House
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 579,142
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ray Anthony Shepard is the grandson of a slave and was the first African American editor-in-chief of a major educational publishing house. He holds an MAT from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he received a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He has taught at Phillips Andover Academy and Brandeis University. He lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 George E. Stephens 11

Chapter 2 Watch Night 21

Chapter 3 James Henry Gooding 27

Chapter 4 Call to Courage 37

Chapter 5 Hope And Glory 45

Chapter 6 I Shall Burn This Town 51

Chapter 7 Paymaster's Wagon 59

Chapter 8 Dark Heroes 63

Chapter 9 A Grand Chance 69

Chapter 10 Dear Old Flag 75

Chapter 11 Are We Soldiers? 81

Chapter 12 Three Cheers 89

Chapter 13 Andersonville 95

Chapter 14 Mutiny and Honor 101

Chapter 15 The Other War 107

Chapter 16 A Final Fight and Mustering Out 113

Chapter 17 Forward, March! 119

Slavery and Civil War 122

Timeline 123

Source Notes 128

Bibliography 136

For More Information 139

Acknowledgments 140

Index 141

Picture Credits 144

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