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The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War Hardcover – September 29, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (September 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807835668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835661
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] thrilling biography.-- Jim Downs, Huffington Post


This portrait of an important American will appeal to those with an interest in African American political history during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras as well as those with an interest in North Carolina history.--Library Journal


Beautifully crafted, exhaustively researched and well-argued. . . . Cecelski provides a clear window into the emancipation process.--Raleigh News & Observer


Beautifully crafted, exhaustively researched and well-argued. . . . Cecelski provides a clear window into the emancipation process.--John David Smith, UNC-Charlotte, in the Charlotte Observer

Dr. Cecelski shares the story of Abraham Galloway, an important African American leader in the Civil War.--CarolinaCoastOnline.com


All libraries should purchase this well-written work. . . . Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.--Choice


Cecelski has restored Galloway to his rightful place in the historiography. . . . [He] has done a remarkable job of tracing his subject's multifarious contribution to the cause of black freedom and equality.--American Historical Review


David S. Cecelski's biography of Abraham H. Galloway, an African American leader in the Civil War era, is a masterpiece of research.--John Cimprich, author of Fort Pillow, a Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory

Cecelski's marvelous story of a North Carolina slave who transcended his bondage with flair provides a meaningful way to commemorate the sesquicentennial Civil War anniversaries.--Publishers Weekly


We are indebted to Cecelski for challenging long-standing analytical frameworks and reconfiguring assumptions about African American participation in the Civil War.--Journal of American History


Much more than a biography. . . . The Fire of Freedom makes an important contribution to Civil War scholarship. . . [and] merits a place on the bookshelves of professional scholars, local history enthusiasts, and Civil War buffs because its author takes a good story and makes it matter. Cecelski joins a clear presentation. . . with deep and broad research as well as a gift for infusing historical moments with humanity and tension.--South Carolina Historical Magazine


A riveting portrait of a real-life African-American icon.--Kam Williams


A masterpiece of research.--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


Demonstrates the ways slaves claimed the war as their own, not as a war to save the Union as it was, but as a war to save a different kind of Union, one committed to the principles of freedom that included both blacks and whites.--Civil War Book Review


[Highly recommended] for its examination of Galloway as well as the racial climate of the Civil War.--West Virginia History

A book that will be important to people who like to read about the Civil War and those interested in the struggle for Civil Rights.--D. G. Martin, The Mountaineer


Cecelski succeeds both at revealing the independent origins and diversity of black political thought in North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction and at recovering Galloway from the dustbin of history.--Journal of the Civil War Era

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An excellent work of scholarship by a top flight historian. I am deeply impressed by the detective work that went into discovering Galloway's story.--Edward E. Baptist, Cornell University

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Good for general readers as well as historians.
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This book is written in such vivid detail that I would love to see it made into a movie.
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Highly recommend for anyone interested in American history.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Al McSurely, Civil Rights Lawyer on November 23, 2012
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Prof. Cecelski has unearthed a consciously buried African American leader, Abraham Galloway. In Galloway's short life--he died at 33 --he not only organized and led the first Black U.S. Army Regiment in North Carolina of over 5,000 liberated slaves, but also helped build the Equal Rights Leagues (a forerunner to the NAACP), the bi-Racial Republican Party ( a forerunner to the new Democratic Party here) and put together the first comprehensive program for Reconstruction in North Carolina. Galloway gave up his job as a U. s. Army spy behind the lines in the tidewater area, to become the organizer and commander of the first Black U.S. Army Regiment of liberated slaves alone. After his troops helped put down the traitorous slave holder's rebellion in North Carolina, Galloway donned a suit and rode up to Raleigh to fight for and pass the most progressive State Constitution in the South in 1868.
Expose yourself and your kids to both the white Abraham [Lincoln] in the new film, AND the black Abraham [Galloway]. Both Abrahams' courageous actions set high standards for all of us who believe in democracy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cate on December 20, 2012
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The amazing life of this radical black leader is well told by historian Cecelski. In this well-researched account, the author depicts a different and more complex and active imension of black action during the Civil War and afterward than we see in familiar histories. Should be a terrific movie! Good for general readers as well as historians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bell Midgett on July 21, 2013
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How could we have lived in North Carolina all these years and never heard of Abraham Galloway?.
Fascinating and of great interest to those of us who live on the NC coast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Starboard Home on April 22, 2013
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David Cecelski in the Waterman's song and now this book on Abraham Galloway give voice to the role free blacks played in the development of Eastern North Carolina, North American coastal waterborne trade, and now, the Civil War. This is an amazing story brought to life through important research and dogged determination. If you have any interest in Black and White history in the South and the Civil war, you have to have this book in your Library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By newsom on February 27, 2013
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As person raised in a segregated south, this book really was a revelation. I had no idea that such a courageous person ever lived in North Carolina. This book is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saundra E. Andrews on December 12, 2012
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book, and I recommend it to all people interested in African-American history. There is so much more to it than the bondage of Slavery.
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