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Hope & Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558492771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558492776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


An essential book, helping us to understand how history, memory, monuments, and myth intertwine to keep the present comforted and discomforted by the past. --Journal of American History

An excellent, readable book full of thoughtful and provocative analysis from leading scholars. . . . It adds much to our understanding of black Americans' contributions to the Civil War. --New England Quarterly

This is a book intelligent, sensitive, beautifully written, and well integrated despite its diversity of authors that speaks eloquently to anyone interested in the soul of America. --North Carolina Historical Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Martin H. Blatt is chief of cultural resources and historian at Boston National Historical Park. Thomas J. Brown is associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina. Donald Yacovone is manager of research and grants, Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By joan a. shelton on February 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This collection of essays has a rather tight focus: it was compiled to mark the centennial of the "Shaw Memorial" in Boston by examining the events which inspired that sculpture, how the artist joined other media in celebrating the courage of black soldiers and their white companions, and how the saga of the 54th has moved out of Boston to take on a national life since the Civil War and especially since 1897. Thus the various essays present a nuanced picture of a widening cultural movement. Especially in the past half-century, black contributions to our national life have stepped forward to take their rightful place in our national consciousness, though much remains to be found out and held up to American society. Hopefully this volume marks the beginning of a national pride in which all can celebrate what blacks have achieved (generally at dreadful personal cost). I would have been interested in learning more about the poetry and fiction this regiment--and "the Shaw," its memorial--have inspired over the past 140 years. Whether they're wonderful or dreadful (and there have been plenty of both), stories and poems also demonstrate how our consciousness of black achievement has developed. We need all the help we can get, to learn from the past and move beyond it, but this book is a good start.`
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