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The Negro in the Civil War Hardcover – January 1, 1953


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (1953)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006ATGNG
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Quarles (1904–1996) was a noted author, editor, and historian and the first African American to be published in what later became the Journal of American History. Africana hails him as a key figure in the emergence of African-American history as an academic discipline.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Benjamin Quarles's "The Negro in the Civil War" first appeared in 1953, before the Supreme Court's watershed decision in Brown v. Board of Education. At the time the book was written, little public attention was given to the role of African-Americans in the Civil War. This situation changed dramatically only with the movie "Glory" which brought the charge of African-American troops on Fort Wagner, South Carolina in July, 1863 (days after the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg) into public consciousness.
In some respects, including its terminology and writing style, Quarles's book shows its age. But the book remains an excellent introduction to the many ways in which African-Americans participated in the Civil War. In its understanding of the causes and results of the War, the book still has a great deal to teach the reader today.
In the eloquent "Foreward" to the book, Quarles describes the Civil War as an immediate consequence of the institution of slavery. This is an important insight, and it was not the most commonly accepted view of the Civil War in 1953. (It is still debated today.) Quarles also takes a very positive view of the United States and of the ability of the American people to realize and reshape the ideals that were partially expressed in our country's founding documents and to work to realize the liberty of all people within our nation. He views the Civil War struggle and the role of African-Americans within it as imbued with patriotism and idealism. He takes a hopeful view of the ability of our country to move forward and implement its ideals. Quarles thus explains eloquently how the Civil War remains highly important in understanding the United States and where it is going.
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By Thomas H. Beal on April 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book, but the copy I got was terrible. Be warned- acceptable condition means it is just about to fall apart, but hasn't yet.
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2 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Wayne D. Ford on October 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
In his effort to achieve political correctness, Quarles coveniently leaves out the 60,000 black soldiers who fought proudly and bravely for their country - The Confederate States of America. Even though the "purge" of photos and records of black Confederates from 1890 to 1930 was extensive, many records, photos, and stories passed down still survive. If the reader doubts this, there are several books that tell the well documented truth available, including "Black Confederates" by Barrow, Segars, and Rosenburg.
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