After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans

TitleAfter the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsShaffer, Donald R.
Number of Pages293
PublisherUniversity Press of Kansas

This volume shows how black veterans' experiences as soldiers provided them for the first time with a sense of manliness that shaped not only their own lives but also their contributions to the African American community. The author argues, however, that their postwar pursuit of citizenship and a dignified manhood was never very easy for black veterans, their triumphs frequently neither complete nor lasting. The author chronicles the postwar transition of black veterans from the Union army, as well as their subsequent life patterns, political involvement, family and marital life, experiences with social welfare, comradeship with other veterans, and memories of the war itself. He draws on such sources as Civil War pension records to fashion a collective biography - a social history of both ordinary and notable lives - resurrecting the words and memories of many black veterans to provide an intimate view of their lives and struggles.

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