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The fire of freedom : Abraham Galloway & the slaves' Civil War

Author: David S Cecelski
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Abraham H. Galloway (1837-70) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Abraham H Galloway; Abraham H Galloway
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David S Cecelski
ISBN: 9780807835661 0807835668
OCLC Number: 785808897
Description: xx, 326 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: At river's edge --
The secret feelings of their hearts --
A second John Brown --
Spies all their lives --
They will fight to the death --
My harte over run with joy --
The death of a hero --
The meeting with Lincoln --
Their path to freedom --
God's free man --
Soldiers of the cross --
In this land we will remain --
Loud call for Galloway.
Responsibility: David S. Cecelski.

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Abraham H. Galloway (1837-70) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army's ranks. He also stood at the forefront of an African American political movement that flourished in the Union-occupied parts of North Carolina, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature. Long hidden from history, Galloway's story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. As David Cecelski writes, "Galloway's Civil War was a slave insurgency, a war of liberation that was the culmination of generations of perseverance and faith." This portrait illuminates Galloway's life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African Americans in the South.

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An excellent work of scholarship by a top flight historian. I am deeply impressed by the detective work that went into discovering Galloway's story.--Edward E. Baptist, Cornell University

 
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