Freedom was the ultimate goal for all in this book though the times it was celebrated differed all over the states with some African Americans did not viewing the Fourth of July as a day to celebrate freedom until after the Civil War..instead choosing to celebrate on the fifth of July as a form of protest. So many great facts like Lincoln and his wifes premonition that he was to die soon and even the origin of the saying your name will be Mudd as Dr. Mudd was the guy responsible for mending John Wilkes Booths leg after he assassinated Lincoln I just loved to learn about..You learn so much about Frederick Douglass as well, such a powerful voice for African Americans at this time and I loved reading his words..When you turned us loose you gave us no acres; you turned us loose to the sky, to the storm, to the whirlwind, and, worst of all, you turned us loose to the wrath of our infuriated masters. This book touched on all aspects of freedom for blacks who found themselves no longer slaves but poor and with no other choice but to work for the masters that previously owned thema vicious cycle you can argue still exists today..Very powerful nonfiction read I enjoyed spending so much time with..Cant wait to showcase this for Black History Month!!A must read for sure.
If you were a young adult in high school, you might want to find a book that is a little more advanced.
Audience I would give this book over to a US History teacher who is working with students on the importance of primary documents. These different perspectives of slavery and the war are important for students to see because of how history can be skewed. I might also hand this book to a student who would like to know more about the history of the Civil War and understanding all sides of the confrontation. Selection Criteria Accuracy This book is based upon the historical facts of the Civil War. Primary sources from diaries of people during the time, including slaves really help to bring the Civil War to life. However, it is also relevant in its treatment of primary sources and gives students a chance to analyze the feelings and motivations of the players during the war. Slave songs and prayers from the time also help readers understand how people dealt with slavery and how culture impacts art and vice versa. Value This book would be of value to our library in adding more primary sources for students to use for their research and understanding of history. Vol. 99 No. 12 SOL USII.1.a Analyze and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States History Ordering information Days of Jubilee.
The Confiscation Act of July, 1861, freed any slaves who were being used by the Confederate military for such things as digging fortifications, so if the Union forces overran a Confederate position, any slaves there could be free and, if they wanted, go to work for the Union forces. Any blacks doing this who had come from a position of slavery were automatically granted their freedom. (I use the term propaganda since the proclamation didn't actually free any of the slaves immediately since it dealt with slaves in Confederate states only, and not the border states.) In 1864, southern general Nathan Bedford Forrest captured a place called Fort Pillow.