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After the glory : the struggles of Black Civil War veterans / Donald R. Shaffer.

By: Shaffer, Donald Robert.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Modern war studies: Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2004Description: 281 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0700613285 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780700613281 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans | African American veterans -- History -- 19th century | African Americans -- History -- 1863-1877Additional physical formats: Online version:: After the glory.DDC classification: 305.896/073/008697
Contents:
The postwar transition -- Life patterns -- Politics -- Family and marriage -- Social welfare -- Comradeship -- Memory.
Summary: Shaffer's study shines a light on this previous ly obscure part of African-American history, revealing for the first time black veterans' valiant but often frustrating efforts to secure true autonomy and equality as civilians.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-265) and index.

The postwar transition -- Life patterns -- Politics -- Family and marriage -- Social welfare -- Comradeship -- Memory.

Shaffer's study shines a light on this previous ly obscure part of African-American history, revealing for the first time black veterans' valiant but often frustrating efforts to secure true autonomy and equality as civilians.

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Although there have been many recent works on Civil War veterans, particularly Union veterans, this is the first comprehensive study of African American Union veterans and their struggle for "dignified manhood." Shaffer (Univ. of Northern Colorado) uses the 1890 special census, pension records, and memoirs to examine the postwar lives of these veterans. He provides an overall look at African American veterans (particularly with a nice set of statistical tables in the appendix) as well as at some individuals. The book covers their families, work, and social lives. Shaffer also discusses their political activities, including the struggle for suffrage and real political power. Readers familiar with the literature on Civil War pensions (notably, Theda Skocpol's Protecting Soldiers and Mothers, CH, Jul'93, 30-6457) will find Shaffer's descriptions of the disparity in those pensions enlightening. The author also does an excellent job of describing the role of black veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic and the conflicts that arose between black and white veterans as the decades passed. This work is easy to read and well argued. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. L. Gorman Minnesota State University--Mankato

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