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The Resource Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War, Chandra Manning

Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War, Chandra Manning

Label
Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War
Title
Troubled refuge
Title remainder
struggling for freedom in the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Chandra Manning
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Even before shots were fired at Fort Sumter, slaves recognized that their bondage was at the root of the war, and they began running to the Union army. By the war's end, nearly half a million had taken refuge behind Union lines in improvised "contraband camps". These were crowded and dangerous places, with conditions approaching those of a humanitarian crisis, yet families and individuals took unimaginable risks to reach them, and they became the first places where many Northerners would come to know former slaves en masse. Drawing on records of the Union and Confederate armies, the letters and diaries of soldiers, transcribed testimonies of former slaves, and more, Manning sweeps us along, from the contraband camps, sharing insight and stories of individuals and armies on the move, to debates in the halls of Congress. The alliances between former slaves and Union soldiers which were warily begun in the contraband camps would forge a dramatically new but highly imperfect alliance between the government and the African Americans. That alliance would outlast the war, and help destroy slavery and ward off the very acute and surprisingly tenacious danger of re-enslavement. It also raised, for the first time, humanitarian questions about refugees in wartime and legal questions about civil and military authority with which we still wrestle, as well as redefined American citizenship, to the benefit but also to the lasting cost of African Americans. --
Assigning source
adapted from publisher website
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.7/11
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
E453
LC item number
.M24 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War, Chandra Manning
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307271204
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2015039724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War, Chandra Manning
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307271204
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2015039724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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