Reviews for African-American Soldiers in the Civil War : Fighting for Freedom


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
These broad overviews examine different aspects of the Civil War. The simplistic text and brief excerpts from firsthand accounts are accompanied by color and black-and-white archival images. In an attempt at brevity, some information becomes confusing. Maps, chapter notes, and facsimiles of wartime memorabilia enhance these books. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Civil War Library titles: [cf2]African-American Soldiers in the Civil War, Daring Women of the Civil War,[cf1] and [cf2]Slavery and the Underground Railroad[cf1].] Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2004 October
Gr 4-6-Ford discusses the laws and practices that hindered African Americans from becoming soldiers as well as the inequalities they experienced once the need for more Union men increased, leading Congress to pass legislation permitting black recruitment. Several regiments, such as the 54th Massachusetts and the First Louisiana Native Guards, are hailed for their bravery. The text, illustrations, photographs, and time line all play an important role in conveying the struggles and triumphs experienced by these men, despite the prejudice against them. Emphasizing a subject that is not often addressed when teaching the Civil War, this book can also be used in character-education units on such topics as courage and perseverance.-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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