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“I Wanted a Gun”: Black Soldiers and White Violence in Civil War and Postwar Kentucky and a Missouri

Aaron Astor

in The Great Task Remaining Before Us

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232024
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240494 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823232024.003.0003

Series: Reconstructing America

“I Wanted a Gun”:             Black Soldiers and White Violence in Civil War and Postwar Kentucky and a Missouri

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This chapter focuses on the ongoing violence in neighboring Kentucky and Missouri. Unlike West Tennessee, however, conservative whites—both Unionist and former Confederates—in these two border states made common cause to resist black emancipation, blacks in the military, and ultimately black citizenship. For four years, the Confederate and Union armies had battled over these issues. It is argued that after Appomattox, “the battle over the place of African Americans in Kentucky and Missouri society merely entered a new phase”.

Keywords: Civil War; postwar violence; Kentucky; Missouri; black emancipation; black citizenship

Chapter.  10875 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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