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More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues in this carefully researched book, such claims would have shocked anyone who served in the army during the war itself. Levin explains that imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary-source material, and other misrepresentations helped fuel the rise of the black Confederate myth. Moreover, Levin shows that belief in the existence of black Confederate soldiers largely originated in the 1970s, a period that witnessed both a significant shift in how Americans remembered the Civil War and a rising backlash against African Americans' gains in civil rights and other realms.

Levin also investigates the roles that African Americans actually performed in the Confederate army, including personal body servants and forced laborers. He demonstrates that regardless of the dangers these men faced in camp, on the march, and on the battlefield, their legal status remained unchanged. Even long after the guns fell silent, Confederate veterans and other writers remembered these men as former slaves and not as soldiers, an important reminder that how the war is remembered often runs counter to history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. The Camp Slaves’ War
  2. pp. 12-36
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  1. 2. Camp Slaves on the Battlefield
  2. pp. 37-67
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  1. 3. Camp Slaves and the Lost Cause
  2. pp. 68-99
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  1. 4. Camp Slaves and Pensions
  2. pp. 100-122
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  1. 5. Turning Camp Slaves into Black Confederate Soldiers
  2. pp. 123-151
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  1. 6. Black Confederates on the Front Lines of the Civil War Sesquicentennial
  2. pp. 152-176
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-208
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-220
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469653280
Related ISBN
9781469653266
MARC Record
OCLC
1112064862
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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