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The Resource I freed myself : African American self-emancipation in the Civil War era, David Williams, Valdosta State University, Georgia

I freed myself : African American self-emancipation in the Civil War era, David Williams, Valdosta State University, Georgia

Label
I freed myself : African American self-emancipation in the Civil War era
Title
I freed myself
Title remainder
African American self-emancipation in the Civil War era
Statement of responsibility
David Williams, Valdosta State University, Georgia
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For a century and a half, Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation has been the dominant narrative of African American freedom in the Civil War era. However, David Williams suggests that this portrayal marginalizes the role that African American slaves played in freeing themselves. At the Civil War's outset, Lincoln made clear his intent was to save the Union rather than free slaves - despite his personal distaste for slavery, he claimed no authority to interfere with the institution. By the second year of the war, though, when the Union army was in desperate need of black support, former slaves who escaped to Union lines struck a bargain: they would fight for the Union only if they were granted their freedom. Williams importantly demonstrates that freedom was not simply the absence of slavery but rather a dynamic process enacted by self-emancipated African American refugees, which compelled Lincoln to modify his war aims and place black freedom at the center of his wartime policies
Cataloging source
UkCbUP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williams, David
Dewey number
973.7/415
Index
index present
LC call number
E540.N3
LC item number
W55 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Slaves
  • African American soldiers
  • African Americans
  • United States
  • United States
Label
I freed myself : African American self-emancipation in the Civil War era, David Williams, Valdosta State University, Georgia
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Publication
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: following the footsteps of slaves; 1. 'Yes, we all shall be free': pressing the nation toward freedom; 2. 'Shedding the first blood': forcing a war for freedom; 3. 'Ready to die for liberty': expanding the boundaries of freedom; 4. 'Full equality before the law': claiming the rights of freedom; 5. 'All we ask is justice': continuing struggles for freedom
Control code
CR9781139061148
Extent
1 online resource (x, 266 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781139061148
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
I freed myself : African American self-emancipation in the Civil War era, David Williams, Valdosta State University, Georgia
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: following the footsteps of slaves; 1. 'Yes, we all shall be free': pressing the nation toward freedom; 2. 'Shedding the first blood': forcing a war for freedom; 3. 'Ready to die for liberty': expanding the boundaries of freedom; 4. 'Full equality before the law': claiming the rights of freedom; 5. 'All we ask is justice': continuing struggles for freedom
Control code
CR9781139061148
Extent
1 online resource (x, 266 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781139061148
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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