Free at Last -Op/084

Steven Miller, Editor, Leslie S. Rowland, Editor, Joseph P. Reidy, Editor
Steven Miller, Editor, Leslie S. Rowland, Editor, Joseph P. Reidy, Editor New Press $27.5 (571p) ISBN 978-1-56584-015-7
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
Hardcover - 572 pages - 978-0-7858-0804-6
Paperback - 571 pages - 978-1-56584-120-8
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This superb anthology makes available to general readers selected materials originally published in, or projected for, the multivolume reference work Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation (Cambridge University Press). This collection's editors are all connected with the Freedom Project; Berlin is the coordinator. The letters, reports and depositions included here, largely drawn from Union records, tell at first hand the human story of African Americans in the Civil War, which, the editors contend, was also a second American revolution. Between 1861 and 1865 government was transformed, citizienship redefined, social classes rearranged--and blacks were at the center of the process. The texts offered have a common denominator: the determination displayed by African American men and women to control their own destinies, especially in relations with whites. The editing and annotations are models of their kind, explaining and clarifying while preserving the originals' authenticity and immediacy. Illustrations. (Nov.)
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