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ATS 2617 Lecture 10

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Taylor Spence

on 16 October 2014

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Transcript of ATS 2617 Lecture 10

ATS2617 The American Civil War
Presented by Taylor Spence, MFA, PhD
Lecture 10: A Jubilee of Freedom
Come and Join Us Brothers

The 55th Massachusetts Colored Regiment is shown entering Charleston, February 21, 1865, greeted by happy crowds of African Americans

1865 view of the Union soldiers graves at Washington Racecourse. Library of Congress.
Walter Benjamin, committed suicide September 25, 1940, Porbou, Spain.

"There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism."
African American Civil War
memory and history
alternate timeline
diverse approaches
Emancipation -- what did it really entail?
African-American agency
relationship to soldiers on the frontline
Massachusetts 54th and 55th
Politics of Emancipation
homefront and rise of the "Copperhead" Democrats
Exclusion Laws
Summer 1863 The New York City Draft Riots
War Narrative
Aug-Dec 1861 the beginning of the transformation of the war as African Americans and soldiers interact -- before Shiloh and Antietam
Grant Retreats from Vicksburg late 1861
Rosecranz defeats Bragg at the Battle of Stone's River January 2, 1862
Fort Wagner, July 18, 1863

Clarence Vallandigham. Copperhead Democrat from Indiana
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