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The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves - Andrew Ward
The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
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The first narrative history of the Civil War told by the very people it freedGroundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves’ War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation’s bloodiest conflict. An acclaimed historian of nineteenth-century and African-American history, Andrew Ward gives... show more
The first narrative history of the Civil War told by the very people it freedGroundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves’ War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation’s bloodiest conflict. An acclaimed historian of nineteenth-century and African-American history, Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided. Woven together from hundreds of interviews, diaries, letters, and memoirs, here is the Civil War as seen from not only battlefields, capitals, and camps, but also slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, farms, towns, and swamps. Speaking in a quintessentially American language of wit, candor, and biblical power, army cooks and launderers, runaways, teamsters, and gravediggers bring the war to vivid life.From slaves’ theories about the causes of the war to their frank assessments of such major figures as Lincoln, Davis, Lee, and Grant; from their searing memories of the carnage of battle to their often startling attitudes toward masters and liberators alike; and from their initial jubilation at the Yankee invasion of the slave South to the crushing disappointment of freedom’s promise unfulfilled, The Slaves’ War is a transformative and engrossing vision of America’s Second Revolution.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780618634002 (0618634002)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 386
Edition language: English
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Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
4.0 The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
Fascinating companion to other civil war reading, but I wouldn't listen to it on its own as it really only sketches in the greater context. That is to leave room to highlight the slave voices, and it's as it should be, but I think one would feel a bit lost just reading this.The voices themselves are...
AmySea
AmySea rated it
4.0 The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
The Slaves' War does two very important things; firstly, it takes the Civil War and shatters any romanticism surrounding it. It wasn't romantic, it was an apocalypse. Secondly, it takes the institution of slavery and personalizes it. In this book slavery is not background to the Civil War. Inste...
michaelhartford
michaelhartford rated it
4.0 The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
A complex portrait of slavery arises from the accounts Ward gathers. We hear the voices of field slaves, who are viciously worked on the plantations; slaves from the manor houses who have internalized the mores and habits of aristocracy; and urban slaves who have a strange and attenuated sort of lib...
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