After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans - Modern War Studies (Hardback)
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After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans - Modern War Studies (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 31/07/2004
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The heroics of black Union soldiers in the Civil War have been justly celebrated, but their postwar lives largely neglected. Donald Shaffer's illuminating study shines a bright light on this previously obscure part of African American history, revealing for the first time black veterans' valiant but often frustrating efforts to secure true autonomy and equality as civilians. After the Glory shows how black veterans' experiences as soldiers provided them for the first time with a sense of manliness that shaped not only their own lives but also their contributions to the African American community. Shaffer makes clear, however, that their postwar pursuit of citizenship and a dignified manhood was never very easy for black veterans, their triumphs frequently neither complete nor lasting. Shaffer chronicles the postwar transition of black veterans from the Union army, as well as their subsequent life patterns, political involvement, family and marital life, experiences with social welfare, comradeship with other veterans, and memories of the war itself. He draws on such sources as Civil War pension records to fashion a collective biography.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700613281
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A valuable and long-awaited work, After the Glory provides a powerful social history of race and gender. It is a saga of triumph and tragedy, of limited and ambiguous victories, of black men struggling to find true freedom in postwar America."--John David Smith, editor of Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era

"A comprehensive and carefully researched portrait of black veterans in the postwar decades."--James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

"A significant contribution to Civil War and African American history."--Louis S. Gerteis, author of Civil War St. Louis

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