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Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era (Civil War America) Hardcover – February 25, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0807831748 ISBN-10: 0807831743 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War America
  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (February 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807831743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807831748
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The first state study of African American soldiers in the Union Army. . . . Promises new research possibilities beyond the traditional view of patriotic black troops sacrificing for the Union. . . . Recommended."--CHOICE

"A valuable contribution to the growing body of literature on the African American experience during the Civil War era. . . . Yield[s] fresh insights into some neglected areas of the black soldiers' experience."--American Historical Review

"An excellent social history of North Carolina's African American regiments in the civil war. . . . Superb scholarship and a model for future state-level social histories of Civil War military service."--Journal of American History

"Well researched, written, and annotated. . . . A most welcome addition to the growing body of literature about the military service of African Americans during the Civil War."--The Journal of America's Military Past

"The best study of an African American unit during the Civil War. . . . Provides a new and much fuller understanding of how African American soldiers experienced the Civil War."--Civil War History

"Outstanding. . . . Provides an invaluable window on the black experience in the Civil War era."--Journal of Southern History

"The importance of Reid's work is not that it reiterates the similar experiences of black soldiers, but displays their differences. . . . Gives historians an excellent comprehensive view with fresh insights of African Americans who served in the Union army."--Louisiana History

"The first state study of African American soldiers in the Union army. . . . A very readable narrative. . . . Succeeds admirably."--H-Net Reviews

"This work should be in the library of any scholar of the Civil War or anyone who would like to know more about what black soldiers in North Carolina had to endure in order to assert themselves as equal men and citizens in the nation."--Military History of the West

"Informative . . . effectively synthesizes military and social history, extends our understanding of the challenges confronting African-American Civil War soldiers and veterans, and suggests future areas of investigation."--Georgia Historical Quarterly

"The most thoughtful and thorough regimental history of the U.S. colored Troops yet to appear. . . . Points the way toward state and regional studies as a fruitful approach to the history of black military participation in the Civil War."--North Carolina Historical Review

"Informative, well-written, and has enriched the historical literature on African American men in the ranks of the Union army."--Journal of Military History

"An admirable addition to our knowledge of a cross-section of black regiments."--America's Civil War

"A richly detailed account. . . . Skillfully combines military and social history."--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Will become essential reading for its scholarly audience--and it will probably fare well among popular readers."--West Virginia History

"A welcome contrast to the usual regimental-level studies of Blacks in union uniforms."--Multicultural Review

"Provides a new understanding of the spectrum of the black experience during the Civil War."--Courier

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"This well-researched and well-argued book should stand as the definitive history of North Carolina's four black regiments in the Civil War. Reid is the first scholar to examine several USCT regiments from one state and utilize them collectively to sketch a composite view of black troops recruited in the South during the Civil War. Freedom for Themselves offers much new detail that completes our understanding of who constituted the men of the USCT, how they experienced the war and its immediate aftermath, and the impact of their service on their families."--John David Smith, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alton Hilliard on February 22, 2014
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The receipt of this item was as advertised. The shipping and condition of the book was excellent. As to the content, Mr. Reid is a masterful researcher and has provided a basis of documentary data that is useful in the transmittal of facts not often available in this area of interest.
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