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BLACK, BLUE, AND GRAY by Jim Haskins


African Americans in the Civil War

by Jim Haskins

Age Range: 10 - 12

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-689-80655-8
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 Through diligent research and intelligent writing, Haskins (Separate But Not Equal, p. 1708, etc.) attempts to redress a historical wrong. In the decades following the conclusion of the Civil War, historians thoroughly expunged the participation of African- American soldiers from the annals of war. Yet free blacks and slaves fought on both sides, until ``black soldiers constituted twelve percent of the North's fighting forces, and they suffered a disproportionate number of casualties.'' Haskins tells the story of their bravery, both in triumph and defeat, and of the obstacles they had to overcome; his lucid account pulls together primary sources, disparate stories, and a jumble of events into a coherent and accessible narrative of black involvement. (index, not seen, b&w photos, chronology, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10- 12)