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Forgotten Confederates: An Anthology About Black Southerners, Vol. 14 (Journal of Confederate History Series) Paperback – June, 1997

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Charles Kelly Barrow is a Georgia educator and historian.

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  • Series: Journal of Confederate History Series (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889332127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889332123
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forgotten Confederates: An Anthology About Black Southerners is an informative text that introduces the reader to an ignored, overlooked, and often times denied chapter in the history of the War Between the States. The editors have compiled a collection of modern essays, period news articles, obituaries, personal recollections, and Confederate records that provide readers an opportunity to either educate themselves or to pursue further exploration of the role that African Americans played in the Confederacy. The anthology includes sections that 1) deal primarily with the actual historical events, 2) sociological and anthropological studies concerning the social structure when the conflict occurred (providing the reader with a basic understanding of the times that purely historical texts often lack), and 3) personal remembrances that give the reader insight into the actual thoughts of those African Americans who worked with or for the Confederacy. The book is imminently readable and its format permits the reader to continue through the text as written at his leisure or to concentrate upon records, historical texts, or contemporary musings if he wishes. Two aspects of the work created a great impression upon this reviewer. The first aspect is the objectivity of the text. While the potential for a biased point of view is great in subject matter of this sort, the editors did an excellent job of presenting all aspects of African-American Southern involvement in the conflict. The records that were presented reflected the nature of the contributions of both slaves and freemen and numerous references were made to individuals who served in both sides of the conflict.Read more ›
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Mr. Barrow has written a most extraordinary book on some of the most noble, yet sadly forgotten, defenders of the Confederacy - the Black Confederates. He offers a quite insightful look of their service throughout the War For Southern Independence. Some of the personal accounts of these brave men of colour are wonderful, leaving us to question the bigotry of those who use revisionist tactics in portraying the War For Southern Independence. I believe the unfortunate & temporarily successful block of the racist organisation NAACP against a proposed monument in the Commonwealth of Virginia, that was to have been erected to the memory of the thousands upon thousand of blacks who wore the grey & butternut & bore the Saint Andrew's Cross of the Southern Confederacy, is such an example.
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The common conception of black Southerners in the Civil War has described a people unified by their opposition to the Confederacy and resisting the Southern war effort, either passively and actively.
This view can only be maintained by ignoring a mass of research material that strongly suggests that black opinion, like other opinion, was represented across the spectrum, and was strongly influenced by sectional, local, and family loyalties which have largely disappeared in the modern world, but which were of paramount importance in the nineteenth century. Many blacks, free and slave, in fact, considered themselves Southerners first and blacks second, and served the Southern cause enthusiastically.
This unconventional view is supported here by a wealth of clippings, rosters, memoirs, photos, archival records, and other data to convincingly demonstrate that the matter is more complex than the simplifiers of history would have it, and to show that the actual record of the black Southerner leaves no firm ground for those who would cite his experiences for modern political purposes.
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