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The Civil War changed the United States in many ways?economic, political, and social. Of these changes, none was more important than Emancipation. Besides freeing nearly 4 million slaves, it brought agricultural wage labor to a reluctant South and gave a vote to black adult males in the former slave states. It also offered former slaves of both sexes new opportunities in education and property ownership.
Just as striking were the effects of the war on the United States Army. From late 1862 to the spring of 1865, the federal government accepted more than 180,000 black men as soldiers, something it had never done before on such a scale. Known collectively as the United States Colored Troops and organized in segregated regiments led by white officers, some of these soldiers guarded army posts along major rivers; others fought Confederate raiders to protect Union supply trains; and still others took part in major operations like the siege of Petersburg and the battle of Nashville. After the war, many of the black regiments garrisoned the former Confederacy to enforce federal Reconstruction policy. Freedom by the Sword tells the story of these soldiers' recruitment, organization, and service. Because of the book's broad focus on every theater of the war and its concentration on what black soldiers actually contributed to Union victory, this volume stands alone among histories of the U.S. Colored Troops.
William A. Dobak retired from the U.S. Army Center of Military History in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Kansas in 1995 and is the author of Fort Riley and Its Neighbors: Military Money and Economic Development, 1853-1894 (Norman, Okla., 1998), and (with Thomas D. Phillips) The Black Regulars, 1866-1898 (Norman, Okla., 2001).
Titolo: Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored ...
Casa editrice: Dept. of the Army
Data di pubblicazione: 2011
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Dept. of the Army, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Codice libro della libreria mon0000913129
Descrizione libro Dept. of the Army, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 160866960
Descrizione libro Dept. of the Army, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0160866960