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The Resource Black flag over Dixie : racial atrocities and reprisals in the Civil War, edited by Gregory J.W. Urwin

Black flag over Dixie : racial atrocities and reprisals in the Civil War, edited by Gregory J.W. Urwin

Label
Black flag over Dixie : racial atrocities and reprisals in the Civil War
Title
Black flag over Dixie
Title remainder
racial atrocities and reprisals in the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
edited by Gregory J.W. Urwin
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • If the prevalence of Civil War reenactments, glossy magazines, admired documentaries, and hundreds of books published on the subject each year are any indication, one of America's darkest historical periods is also its most popular. But, as the essays in this provocative collection bring to mind, military history regularly takes precedence over social history, and the contemporary Civil War community too often ignores an integral part of the conflict: African Americans. Black Flag over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War highlights the central role that race played in the Civil War by examining some of the ugliest incidents that played out on its battlefields. Challenging the American public's perception of the Civil War as a chivalrous family quarrel, twelve rising and prominent historians show the conflict to be a wrenching social revolution whose bloody excesses were exacerbated by racial hatred. Edited by Gregory J. W. Urwin, this compelling volume focuses on the tendency of Confederate troops to murder black Union soldiers and runaway slaves and divulges the details of black retaliation and the resulting cycle of fear and violence that poisoned race relations during Reconstruction
  • In a powerful introduction to the collection, Urwin reminds readers that the Civil War was both a social and a racial revolution. Next to the Emancipation Proclamation, none of Abraham Lincoln's policies inflamed Confederates more than the recruitment of black regiments for the Union army. As the heirs and defenders of a slave society's ideology, Confederates considered African Americans to be savages who were incapable of waging war in a civilized fashion. Ironically, this conviction caused white Southerners to behave savagely themselves. Under the threat of Union retaliation, the Confederate government backed away from failing to treat the white officers and black enlisted men of the United States Colored Troops as legitimate combatants. Nevertheless, many rebel commands adopted a no-prisoners policy in the field. When the Union's black defenders responded in kind, the Civil War descended to a level of inhumanity that most Americans prefer to forget. In addition to covering the war's most notorious massacres at Olustee, Fort Pillow, Poison Spring, and the Crater, Black Flag over Dixie examines the responses of Union soldiers and politicians to these disturbing and unpleasant events, as well as the military, legal, and moral considerations that sometimes deterred Confederates from killing all black Federals who fell into their hands
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.7/3
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E540.N3
LC item number
B595 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Urwin, Gregory J. W.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American soldiers
  • Racism
  • Massacres
  • Reprisals
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Southern States
Label
Black flag over Dixie : racial atrocities and reprisals in the Civil War, edited by Gregory J.W. Urwin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Warfare, race, and the Civil War in American memory / Gregory J. W. Urwin -- A Texas cavalry raid: reaction to black soldiers and contrabands / Anne J. Bailey -- Captive black Union soldiers in Charleston: what to do? / Howard C. Westwood -- The execution of white officers from black units by Confederate forces during the Civil War / James G. Hollandsworth Jr. -- 'Shooting niggers Sir': Confederate mistreatment of Union black soldiers at the Battle of Olustee / David J. Coles -- The Fort Pillow Massacre: an examination of the evidence / Albert Castel -- 'Remember Fort Pillow!': politics, atrocity propaganda, and the evolution of hard war / Derek W. Frisby -- 'We cannot treat negroes ... as prisoners of war': racial atrocities and reprisals in Civil War Arkansas / Gregory J. W. Urwin -- Massacre at Plymouth: April 20, 1864 / Weymouth T. Jordan Jr. and Gerald W. Thomas -- The Battle of the Crater: the Civil War's worst massacre / Bryce A. Suderow -- Symbols of freedom and defeat: African American soldiers, white Southerners, and the Christmas insurrection scare of 1865 / Chad L. Williams -- 'A very long shadow': race, atrocity, and the American Civil War / Mark Grimsley
Control code
52251369
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 265 pages
Isbn
9780809325467
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003010383
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
Label
Black flag over Dixie : racial atrocities and reprisals in the Civil War, edited by Gregory J.W. Urwin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Warfare, race, and the Civil War in American memory / Gregory J. W. Urwin -- A Texas cavalry raid: reaction to black soldiers and contrabands / Anne J. Bailey -- Captive black Union soldiers in Charleston: what to do? / Howard C. Westwood -- The execution of white officers from black units by Confederate forces during the Civil War / James G. Hollandsworth Jr. -- 'Shooting niggers Sir': Confederate mistreatment of Union black soldiers at the Battle of Olustee / David J. Coles -- The Fort Pillow Massacre: an examination of the evidence / Albert Castel -- 'Remember Fort Pillow!': politics, atrocity propaganda, and the evolution of hard war / Derek W. Frisby -- 'We cannot treat negroes ... as prisoners of war': racial atrocities and reprisals in Civil War Arkansas / Gregory J. W. Urwin -- Massacre at Plymouth: April 20, 1864 / Weymouth T. Jordan Jr. and Gerald W. Thomas -- The Battle of the Crater: the Civil War's worst massacre / Bryce A. Suderow -- Symbols of freedom and defeat: African American soldiers, white Southerners, and the Christmas insurrection scare of 1865 / Chad L. Williams -- 'A very long shadow': race, atrocity, and the American Civil War / Mark Grimsley
Control code
52251369
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 265 pages
Isbn
9780809325467
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003010383
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map

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