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After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans Hardcover – July 7, 2004
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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
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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.