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Troubled Refuge : Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War / Chandra Manning.

Manning, Chandra, author. (Author).
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  • 7 of 7 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Butler Public Library - Butler 973.7 MAN (Text) 73174005031298 Adult: Nonfiction Available -
Greenwood Public Library - Greenwood 973.711 MAN (Text) 36626103764718 New Adult Nonfiction Available -
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 973.711 MANNING (Text) 33946003134538 New Books . 2nd Floor Available -
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Lebanon Public Library - Lebanon 973.7 MAN (Text) 34330513000332 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780307271204
  • ISBN: 030727120X
  • Physical Description: 396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-377) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part I. Out of Egypt -- Grit and limits: experiencing emancipation in eastern contraband camps -- Constant turbulence: experiencing emancipation in western contraband camps -- Part II. By the sword -- Precarious routes to freedom: wartime emancipation in contraband camps -- Uneasy alliances: wartime citizenship in contraband camps -- Part III. Time in the desert -- Imperfect ploughshares: from military to civil authority, April-December 1865 -- Conclusion.
Summary, etc.: Even before shots were fired at Fort Sumter, slaves recognized that their bondage was at the root of the war, and they began running to the Union army. By the war's end, nearly half a million had taken refuge behind Union lines in improvised "contraband camps". These were crowded and dangerous places, with conditions approaching those of a humanitarian crisis, yet families and individuals took unimaginable risks to reach them, and they became the first places where many Northerners would come to know former slaves en masse. Drawing on records of the Union and Confederate armies, the letters and diaries of soldiers, transcribed testimonies of former slaves, and more, Manning sweeps us along, from the contraband camps, sharing insight and stories of individuals and armies on the move, to debates in the halls of Congress. The alliances between former slaves and Union soldiers which were warily begun in the contraband camps would forge a dramatically new but highly imperfect alliance between the government and the African Americans. That alliance would outlast the war, and help destroy slavery and ward off the very acute and surprisingly tenacious danger of re-enslavement. It also raised, for the first time, humanitarian questions about refugees in wartime and legal questions about civil and military authority with which we still wrestle, as well as redefined American citizenship, to the benefit but also to the lasting cost of African Americans. -- adapted from publisher website.
Subject: United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > African Americans.
Slaves > Emancipation > United States.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Social aspects.

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