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This is the first narrative of the Civil War told by the very people that it freed.

Groundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves’ War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation’s bloodiest conflict. An acclaimed historian of nineteenth-century and African American history, Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided. Woven together from interviews, diaries, letters, and memoirs, here is the Civil War as seen not only from battlefields and camps but also from slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, and fields. Speaking in a quintessentially American language of biblical power and intensity, body servants, army cooks and launderers, runaways, teamsters, and gravediggers bring the war to life. From slaves’ theories about the war’s causes to their frank assessments of such figures as Lincoln, Davis, Lee, and Grant; from their searing memories of the carnage of battle to their often startling attitudes toward masters and liberators alike; and from their initial jubilation at the Yankee invasion of the slave South to the crushing disappointment of freedom’s promise unfulfilled, The Slaves’ War is an engrossing vision of America’s Second Revolution.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a riveting book about the most important event in our history…Readable and compelling.”

    Ken Burns

  • “Groundbreaking…A truly compelling listening experience that demands repeated listenings.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter | 4/14/2009

    " Fascinating, well-researched collection of firsthand accounts. All primary sources woven together by an excellent writer. I can't recommend this book highly enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by CKE387 | 3/2/2009

    " Segmented accounts of life during slavery by the enslaved. It would have been more interesting if the reader knew more about the person/speakers background, in order to give their words more life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 12/21/2008

    " The first book I have ever read as told by slaves.Very intersting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caroline | 9/2/2008

    " compelling from the get go. Wasn't boring at all. "

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About the Author

Andrew Ward is the author of several award-winning historical works, including River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War; Our Bones Are Scattered: The Cawnpore Massacres in the Indian Mutiny of 1857; and Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. A former contributing editor and essayist at the Atlantic Monthly, he is a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered and a columnist for the Washington Post. Ward has also written numerous articles for American Heritage and National Geographic, as well as documentary screenplays for WGBH and the Hallmark Channel.