Reviews for Till Victory Is Won : Black Soldiers in the Civil War


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1994
The two hundred thousand African Americans who fought in the Civil War proved their equality on the battlefield and helped to earn freedom for their families yet also continued to face racism and prejudice. The clear text is highlighted by the soldiers' letters and diary entries and is accompanied by archival illustrations and photographs in black and white. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 1994 May
~ An uneven but thoughtful entry in the Young Readers' History of the Civil War. Mettger praises the courage and spirit of African-Americans on the battlefield and, especially, behind the lines, where they faced fierce social, military, and legal discrimination. She finds both political and strategic reasons for Lincoln's hesitancy to muster black units, recounts with admirable clarity the shabby treatment black soldiers and their families received from the Army, and concludes by showing how many of the survivors came out of the war with an awareness of their rights and abilities that served them well in civilian society. Mettger quotes frequently (if briefly) from documentary sources and uses side essays to focus on significant incidents or people. The 55 contemporary b&w illustrations are fuzzily reproduced and not always well chosen; many require interpretive captions. Hansen's Between Two Fires (1993) covers the topic in more detail (though with equally mediocre pictures); still, a serviceable introduction. Substantial bibliography (largely adult); index. (Nonfiction. 10- 14) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1995 February
Gr 5-8?Two additions to one of the best series on the Civil War in recent years. In Reconstruction, Mettger faces the daunting task of explaining the confusing post-Civil War era, a time she defines as ``a period of great hope and crushing disappointment.'' She accomplishes her goal with a clearly written, well-explained history. Unflinching in the details about lynchings, the Ku Klux Klan, and corrupt governments, she manages to put a human face on the times. In Till Victory Is Won, the author reports on the many ways African Americans participated in the Civil War. Of course, the famous Massachusetts 54th Regiment is covered. But the little-knowns are not neglected?people like ex-slave Robert Smalls, who stole a steam ship from the middle of Charleston harbor and ``defected'' to the North; or Lt. Robert Isabelle of the Louisiana Native Guards. Both books have many good-quality photographs and reproductions. As with the rest of the books in this series, these two volumes should be in heavy demand by report writers and history buffs.?Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN

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