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The Peninsula Campaign and the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom (Civil War America) Hardcover – April 2, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0807835449 ISBN-10: 0807835447 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War America
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807835447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835449
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,720,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Recommended. All levels/libraries."--Choice


"This book effectively opens new doors of scholarly exploration."--Virginia Magazine


"[Brasher] successfully challenges both myths [about slave participation in the Civil War], and in the process, places Virginia's slave population at the center of one of the most important military campaigns of 1862. . . . [This book] reminds us just how much the Union and Confederacy shared in their valuation of blacks during the war."--The Atlantic

"In a highly stimulating way this seminal work ties social, military, and political developments together into a powerful thesis about the making of the Federal decision for emancipation."--Journal of American History


"[An] assiduously researched and highly illuminating work."--Journal of Southern History


"A fascinating, impressively researched, and lucidly written addition to the literature on emancipation."--American Historical Review


"Quite thought provoking in many areas. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone with interest in the politics of the abolitionist movement during the Civil War and how they were morphed by the military actions of the eastern armies."--Gettysburg C

"This intriguing study adds new twists to the well-known tale of the Peninsula Campaign."--The Historian

"In the debate over emancipation, Brasher persuasively emphasizes the importance of such reports of blacks' participation in the war."--The North Carolina Historical Review

"By placing black people at the center of the Peninsula campaign, Brasher shows the value of blending military historiography with emancipation histiography."--H-CivWar

It is fortunate for his audience that Brasher is a careful and resourceful researcher and a lucid writer. . . . Although this work focuses on the necessity of emancipation, if other historians are wise they will let it serve as a model of how to unify pol

"Brasher presents an insightful description of this most fascinating, yet oddly overlooked chapter of American history. . . . A valuable addition to Civil War literature and this reviewer gives it high marks for research and candor. The book makes an excellent addition to any Civil War library."--West Virginia History


"A highly praiseworthy work that succeeds in combining traditional military history and social history to the benefit of both."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


"This book does what history does at its best."--Civil War Monitor


"Want proof that history isn't dead? Look no further than Glenn David Brasher's revelatory account of what happened in Virginia 150 years ago this summer. . . . Brasher shows that freedom wasn't something that happened to enslaved Virginians. They seized

"No student of the Civil War who wants to give an informed answer when next confronted with the 'black Confederate' question can afford to miss this fine book."--Civil War Monitor blog


"This book, which is destined to become a mainstay in the historiography of emancipation, offers a constant reminder that history does not occur in a vacuum."--Civil War News


"Rarely does an author merge so seamlessly in one study a military history--a particular campaign, social history--slavery and history from the bottom up, and political history--the origins of the Emancipation Proclamation."--Civil War Book Review<

"[A] satisfying read, breaking new ground and laying the groundwork for future studies of Black/White relations on the front lines of the Civil War. This excellent book is well written, extensively researched, and convincingly argued. The University of No

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"This impressive book belongs at the forefront of the conversation about how slavery fell apart on the ground in the midst of war. We come to realize the drama featured not a single actor or group of actors, but a cast of thousands whose actions and motivations we have not always understood very well." --Chandra M. Manning, Georgetown University

More About the Author

Glenn David Brasher is instructor of history at the University of Alabama. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, he received his PhD from the University of Alabama. For eight years he was a seasonal park ranger at the Richmond National Battlefield Park where he gave tours on many of the historic sites associated with the Peninsula Campaign. He has also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times "Disunion" series and to The Civil War Monitor. In 2008 he was a finalist for the Southern Historical Association's C. Vann Woodward Award, and is the 2013 recipient of the Wiley-Silver Award from the Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi. Follow on Twitter @GlennBrasher

Author video interview for The Civil War Monitor:
http://www.civilwarmonitor.com/behind-the-lines/an-interview-with-glenn-brasher

Author interview on Civil War Talk Radio:
http://impedimentsofwar.org/singleshow.php?show=824

Author's postings for the New York Times' Disunion series:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/glenn-david-brasher/

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There has been a recent interest into the summer and early fall of 1862 regarding the military and emancipation. Glenn David Brasher gives new insight into the involvement of African Americans and the Peninsula Campaign which aids Abraham Lincoln and his decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. While readers would assume that this work centers around the fighting of the Peninsula Campaign, most of the work analyzes the work which the African Americans provided for the cause and the great monuments to their work. Here in this work, Glenn David Brasher truly gives us something different and something to think about.

Glenn David Brasher is an instructor of history at the University of Alabama. He is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and has received his Ph.D. from the same university. For eight years he was a seasonal field guide at the Richmond National Battlefield and had his specialty in the Peninsula Campaign. He has also taught at the Virginia Commonwealth University and contributes regularly to the Civil War Monitor and the New York Times “Disunion.” In 2008, he was a finalist for the Southern Historical Associations C. Vann Woodward Award and is the 2013 recipient of the Wiley-Silver Award from the Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi.

Upon the first look at this book, readers may feel as though it is an analysis on the Peninsula Campaign and while there are some things about the campaign in the work, the focus is quite different. The book is separated through the months ranging from April of 1861 all the way to July of 1862. Throughout the text, Brasher proves that there were efforts of the African American population which were overshadowed by the “Hero Making” of Union officers.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Windham on May 24, 2012
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Growing up in rural west-central Alabama I was indoctrinated with "Lost Cause" ideology, a fallacy that hamstrung my understanding of the Civil War. However, through graduate school, I came to a deeper appreciation of the conflict, the players involved, and the complexity of the age. I have been able to look back on my education, on what I thought I knew to be "the truth," and to question. My friends have been invaluable in growth.

One of the many areas I had never considered was the role of African-Americans, notably slaves, during the Civil War. Too often, we talk about slavery and its role in setting the climate which led to secession, then touch the topic again with Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation, generally acknowledge the service of the USCT's, and then end the "Peculiar Institution" in Reconstruction. However, a question remains: What specific military roles did slaves play during the war even before emancipation and the raising of black toops? Glenn David Brasher gives us an answer.

In this new and historiographically divergent monograph, Brasher approaches the roles of African Americans in their "fight for freedom." Focusing on the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, he brings the actions and agency of slaves to the forefront, a positionality much warranted. Slaves fought on both sides (to what degree, when, where, and why is still debatable, , and Brasher handles the question of so-called "Black Confederates" with objectivity) and labored for both sides in digging trenches and constructing forts. However, slaves also put an enormous amount of pressure on soldiers, officers, the northern public, and politicians in Washington.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly J. McNeill on December 25, 2012
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The Peninsula Campaign and The Necessity of Emancipation is a fascinating book provides so much information on issues involved in that campaign..
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