- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 1280L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689806558
- ISBN-13: 978-0689806551
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black, Blue & Gray: African Americans In The Civil War Hardcover – February 1, 1998
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Grade 7 Up?Haskins again brings U.S. history to life. This tightly organized book is packed with facts and meticulously footnoted, yet it reads like a novel, thanks to the author's stylistic skills. He dismisses and disproves outmoded historical interpretations that denied black participation in the North's final victory. The facts show that African Americans were anything but passive beneficiaries of a "white man's war." More than 178,000 black soldiers served in Union military units, and casualties were high. The author sets his topic within the larger historical context by tracing the history of slavery and its relation to U.S. politics and economics from the Colonial period to the attack on Fort Sumter. He includes stirring stories of the Underground Railroad and the growth of the abolitionist movement. Dramatic examples punctuate the narrative throughout, among them the moment Frederick Douglass and 6000 followers first heard that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed and the courageous charge upon Fort Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (fictionalized in the popular film Glory). While he concentrates on Union forces, the author does not neglect the seemingly incongruous contributions of black Americans to the Confederate armies, sections that may provide surprises for some readers. Period photographs and reproductions and primary-source quotations are used to good effect, and students will benefit from the notes, bibliography, and time line.?Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA
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Gr. 5^-8. Veteran author Haskins presents a rich and clear picture of the role of African Americans just before, during, and after the Civil War, using contemporary sources. He allows, whenever possible, the voices of the slaves, soldiers, abolitionists, and officers to be heard for themselves, through letters, diaries, and documents. He details the struggle for the North to accept black soldiers as willing and capable fighting men, and he describes how some blacks fought on the Confederate side, either as support for their masters who went to war, or on their own. Black soldiers comprised 12 percent of Northern forces and suffered losses far greater than their numbers implied. Haskins includes a list of soldiers who received the congressional Medal of Honor for their service. Finally, he illuminates how these brave men were erased from the written history of the Civil War as it was taught. GraceAnne A. DeCandido
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You will rarely go wrong with Jim Haskins, and this is my favorite of his books. It takes you chronologically through pre-Civil War sentiments, then through the war and through Reconstruction, and ends with a chapter on the hideous rewriting of history that has taken place and still plagues our understanding of African Americans during this time. All facts are documented, and as often as possible, people are quoted through letters, diaries, and speeches, making the world of that time come alive. Every few pages are enlivened with relevant photographs, handbills, or posters. This book was an eye-opener for me, and I really loved it. I highly recommend it to anyone studying, interested in, or muddled about the history of this time period.
With end notes, Important Dates list, African-American Medal of Honor Recipients in the Civil War, Bibliography, and Index.
There is plenty of information on African-Americans who served in the Union Army, for example: "Black Union Soldiers in the Civil War," by Hondon Hargrove but one of the best I've read is "On The Altar Of Freedom," by Virginia Adams
If you are searching for information on Confederate African-Americans, both free and enslaved read the following books:
Black Confederates by Charles Kelly Barrow
Black Southerners in Confederate Armies by J.H. Segars and Charles K. Barrow
Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves During The Civil War by Bruce Levine
Black Southerners in Gray by Richard Rollins
Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virgina by Ervin Jordan