Bruce Levine

in Confederate Emancipation

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195147629
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788866 | DOI:

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This chapter examines a crucial but often neglected part of the story, one that powerfully influenced the way in which the debate in the Confederacy unfolded. It compares the white Southern leadership's expectations and claims about wartime slave conduct with what slaves actually did between 1861 and 1865. In the process, it shows how the beliefs and actions of black southerners became a major military factor, not only helping to reshape Union policy but also limiting the options and influencing the choices of the Confederacy's leaders.

Keywords: slavery; Confederacy; war; South; Black slaves; Union policy; leadership

Chapter.  12853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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