The men and women represented in this book had the extraordinary opportunity of witnessing the end of a 200-year struggle for freedom: the Civil War. Gathered here are the stirring testimonies of many African Americans including slaves who endured their last years of servitude before escaping from their masters, soldiers who fought for the freedom of their brethren and for equal rights, and reporters who covered the defeat of their oppressors. These African American voices include the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass on the meaning of the war; Martin R. Delany on his meeting with Lincoln to gain permission to raise an army of African Americans; Susie King Taylor on her life as laundress and nurse to a Union regiment in the deep South; Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's seamstress, on Abraham Lincoln's journey to Richmond after its fall; Elijah P. Marrs on rising from slave to Union sergeant while fighting for his freedom in Kentucky; and letters from black soldiers to black newspapers. Each testimony is presented unabridged, allowing the full flavor of these voices to be heard, and each is supplemented with introductions and notes that provide rich context.
About the Author :
Donald Yacovone has contributed to Freedom's Journey: African American Voices of the Civil War as an author.
Donald Yacovone, associate editor at the Massachusetts Historical Society, has written "Samuel Joseph May and the Dilemmas of Liberal Persuasion, 1797-1871" and most recently "A Voice of Thunder: The Civil War Letters of George E. Stephens".
Charles Fuller has contributed to Freedom's Journey: African American Voices of the Civil War as an author. Charles Fuller, the author of many award-winning dramas for stage and screen, teaches Afro-American studies at Temple University. He won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Soldier's Play," as well as an Academy Award nomination for his screen adaptation, "A Soldier's Story," starring Denzel Washington.
|Title:||Freedom's Journey: African American Voices of the Civil War||Publisher:||Lawrence Hill Books|
|Author:||Donald Yacovone, Charles Fuller|
|No. of Pages:||608|
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