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The Negro in the Civil War
By Benjamin Quarles. ISBN 0-306-80350-X. Softcover with 379 pages.
Originally written in 1953, this volume tells the powerful story of black Americans in the Civil War, in which the "Negro's tales was not merely a passive one; he did not tarry in the wings, hands folded. He was an active member of the cast, prominent in the dramatis personae. To him freedom was a two-way street; indeed he gave prior to receiving."