I freed myself : African American self-emancipation in the Civil War era /

"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...

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Main Author: Williams, David, 1959-
Format: Book
Published:New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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Table of Contents:
  • 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

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