352 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 17 halftones, 4 maps, notes, bibl., index
Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War
2012 North Caroliniana Book Award, The North Caroliniana Society
Ragan Old North State Award, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) 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 riveting portrait illuminates Galloway's life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African Americans in the South.
“[A] thrilling biography.”
--Jim Downs, Huffington Post
"Cecelski's marvelous story of a North Carolina slave who transcended his bondage with flair provides a meaningful way to commemorate the sesquicentennial Civil War anniversaries."
"This portrait of an important American will appeal to those with an interest in African American political history during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras as well as those with an interest in North Carolina history."
"All libraries should purchase this well-written work. . . . Highly recommended. All levels/libraries."
"Beautifully crafted, exhaustively researched and well-argued. . . . Cecelski provides a clear window into the emancipation process."
--Raleigh News & Observer
“A book that will be important to people who like to read about the Civil War and those interested in the struggle for Civil Rights.”
--D. G. Martin, The Mountaineer
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