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The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves Hardcover – June 10, 2008
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Mr. Ward's book is perhaps best described as a hybrid between straightforward narrative and oral history. In ten well-written and organized chapters, he transcribes the chronological reminiscences of slaves from both eastern and western theaters of the war. The witnesses come from all walks: house and field slaves; skilled and unskilled; men, women, and children; slaves who eagerly followed the course of the war, and slaves who wanted nothing to do with it; slaves who were rented by their masters to dig fortifications, and slaves who remained on the farm while their white owners went to the front; slaves who remained convinced until their dying day that they'd met Lincoln on an incognito journey through the south he made before the war, and slaves who actually did observe Jefferson Davis on a regular basis (one black preacher humorously prayed: "Shake Jeff Davis over the mouth of hell, Lord, but don't drop him in"); slaves who welcomed blue-coated soldiers as harbingers of Jubilo, and slaves who, frightened by their masters' tales of northern barbarism, were frightened; and slaves, always and everywhere, distrusted by masters worried that all the northern-spawned talk of abolition would spawn rebellion south of the Mason-Dixon line.Read more ›
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The Civil War and Reconstruction period from the perspectives of slaves who lived and suffered through this time period.Published 3 months ago by CJG
Very thought provoking. I enjoyed listening to the forgotten voices of the war. The testimonials of formal slaves were eye opening. I recommend this book.Published 5 months ago by Jason Noble
This is a fine book by an author who has continually published well researched and eminently readable history books, hats off !Published 6 months ago by Ian the Brit
More than I ever expected. Heart wrenching first-hand accounts.Published 16 months ago by buffalo ed