This is the first narrative
of the Civil War told by the very people that it freed.
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. Download and start listening now!