The Slaves' war the Civil War in the words of former slaves

by Ward, Andrew, 1946-

Format: Book on CD 2008
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This is the first narrative of the Civil War told by the very people that it freed.

Groundbreaking, 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 interviews, diaries, letters, and memoirs, here is the Civil War as seen not only from battlefields and camps but also from slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, and fields. Speaking in a quintessentially American language of biblical power and intensity, body servants, army cooks and launderers, runaways, teamsters, and gravediggers bring the war to life. From slaves' theories about the war's causes to their frank assessments of such 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 an engrossing vision of America's Second Revolution.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Even after the Emancipation Proclamation supposedly transformed the goals of the Civil War, many in the North were reluctant to wage war on behalf of the liberation of slaves. After the war, the nation was engulfed by the remembrances of Northerners and Southerners, almost exclusively white, who participated in the conflict. Ward, an award-winning author and commentator for NPR, has provided a unique and immensely valuable narrative that gives voice to the experiences and attitudes of slaves who endured the conflict. Ward utilizes testimonials, diaries, and letters, and organizes them in chronological order from the months before the commencement of hostilities to the aftermath of the surrender at Appomattox. These remembrances include impressions of slaves who witnessed John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry and the shelling of Fort Sumter. A Mississippi slave recalls the character of both Jefferson Davis and his wife. There are surprising accounts of the reaction of slaves to the invasion by Yankee outsiders. This is a work that will interest both scholars and general readers and will be an excellent addition to Civil War collections.--Freeman, Jay Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Ward's groundbreaking history, the Civil War is recounted from the previously silent victims that it most directly affected: the slaves themselves. Through hundreds of interviews, diaries, letters and memoirs, Ward offers an entirely new perspective of the war and firm-voiced Richard Allen presents the material with tremendous passion. Allen reads at a solid pace, letting every word seep in so that by the end of the book, the outrageous tragedy of slavery saturates each listener. With believable and realistic shifts in tone and dialect, Allen displays his inherent storytelling talent by furthering the previously silenced voices of slaves. A truly compelling listening experience that demands repeated listenings. A Houghton Mifflin hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Slaves -- Southern States -- Biography.
Freed persons -- United States -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- African Americans.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Publisher [Old Saybrook, Conn.] :Tantor Audio,2008
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Allen, Richard, 1957-2013.
Tantor Media.
Participants/Performers Read by Richard Allen.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 11 audio discs (14 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781400136148
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