Lecture Description

The Civil War is often told from the perspective of the politicians, generals, and armies whose accounts claim an outsized place in collective memory. But historical records centering African Americans help us see this pivotal era with new eyes. In this lecture, Williams transports audiences into the daily existence of the enslaved Black people and their free Black allies in the North and West who used the chaos of the bloody conflict to strike for freedom. Using gripping firsthand accounts of African Americans, Williams disrupts popular fables of the era by bringing the epic story of the Freedom War to life.


African American Civil War and Reconstruction

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