"This collection will speak in an entirely unique way. . . . There is no question that this will be an important contribution to historians."
-Stephanie Camp,University of Washington
"Civil War pension records offer an unrivaled view into the lives of ordinary Americans during the nineteenth century, and Regosin and Shaffer, scholars who have published important books drawing largely from the pension records, have unrivaled familiarity with them. Their selections and annotations provide a fascinating glimpse not only into a complex and deeply moving historical process but also into the lives of persons who experienced it at the cutting edge. Voices of Emancipation is a treasure trove of insights that will surely appeal to scholars, students, and general readers alike."
-Joseph P. Reidy,professor of History, Howard University
"Regosin's and Shaffer's careful editorial work makes the U.S. Pension Records come alive."
-Laura F. Edwards,author of Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction
"Regosin and Shaffer have shone a spotlight on an extraordinary resource, one of the most voluminous bodies of records on nineteenth-century black life in existence, and one still relatively untapped. I especially appreciate their clear-eyed commentary, which demonstrates the riches to be mined and beckons the reader toward deeper inquiry."
-Dylan Penningroth,author of The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South
"An immensely useful reader that showcases the kinds of information the records contain about the men who served in the US Colored Troops…. Collectively, these records document the soldiers' experiences under slavery and during the emancipation process; marriage, family, and community relationships before, during, and after emancipation; African Americans military service; and postwar employment, geographic mobility, and health….Essential."
About the Author
Elizabeth A. Regosin is Associate Professor of History at St. Lawrence University and author of Freedom's Promise: Ex-Slave Families and Citizenship in the Age of Emancipation.
Donald R. Shaffer is Assistant Professor of History at Upper Iowa University and author of the award-winning After the Glory: The Struggles of Civil War Veterans.