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After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University Press Of Kansas (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700613285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700613281
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A valuable and long-awaited work, After the Glory provides a powerful social history of race and gender. It is a saga of triumph and tragedy, of limited and ambiguous victories, of black men struggling to find true freedom in postwar America.--John David Smith, editor of Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era

A comprehensive and carefully researched portrait of black veterans in the postwar decades.--James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

A significant contribution to Civil War and African American history. Louis S. Gerteis, author of Civil War St. Louis

About the Author

Donald R. Shaffer teaches history at the University of Northern Colorado. His writings have appeared in Civil War History and in the volumes Southern Families at War and Union Soldiers and the Northern Home Front.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Sopher on September 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Though the recent attention of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry- largely due to the success of the movie "Glory"- has garnered some awareness of blacks in the American Civil War, little is still known about these magnificent men who donned the blue uniforms. Blacks played an integral role in the preservation of the Union and deserve the same attention in regards to the respect shown to Civil War veterans.

Information on Civil War veterans remains rather sketchy in places with one of those pertaining to African American veterans. Until Donald Shaffer's study, very little was known on the pension availability to black soldiers. Although not surprising, Shaffer's accounts of racism and prejudice further emphasize the general reaction to African Americans. Thousands of blacks died in the war, but they still were not given the full support of white veteran groups or even the general public. After assisting the unification of this country, blacks continued to climb uphill in regards to social rights.

Lastly, it was eye-opening to see how difficult our government made it for black veterans to get a pension. The pension process was long, tiresome, and difficult for white Union veterans, nevertheless blacks had it worse. Shaffer's book will be a key addition to any Civil War library and may be a standard for a portrait on black veterans in the postwar period.
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By Jason J. Simmers on April 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A great addition to the vast array of Civil War books/stories. Most books on black soldiers during/post Civil War tend to be dedicated to either particular units or brief disccusions, especially during the Reconstruction, mixed in a deep layer of the Civil War. Shaffer however has brought a much needed story to the history of African-Americans who have served in the United State military, dedicated solely to thier post Civil War struggles. For those who have ever asked themselves what happened to the soldiers after the end credits of "Glory" ran, Shaffer answers that question with much needed and appreciated depth and detail. It is a book that complements Foner's Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 and deserves its place in the annals of African-American contributions to the foundation of this nation. If you enjoy this book I highly recommend Slotkin's Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality
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