240 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3886-7
Published: June 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3887-4
Published: April 2018
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Through extensive research in the letters and diaries of western Union officers, Teters demonstrates how practical considerations drove both the attitudes and policies of Union officers regarding emancipation. Officers primarily embraced emancipation and the use of black soldiers because they believed both policies would help them win the war and save the Union, but their views on race actually changed very little. In the end, however, despite its practical bent, Teters argues, the Union army was instrumental in bringing freedom to the slaves.
About the Author
Kristopher A. Teters is a course faculty member at Western Governor's University.
For more information about Kristopher A. Teters, visit the Author Page.
"Essential reading."--Civil War Books and Authors
"For anyone interested in the Civil War and how it advanced the cause of human freedom in this nation and the world will find this an essential addition to their library."--Ethan S. Rafuse, America's Civil War
“Thoroughly researched and entirely convincing, Practical Liberators surely establishes this interpretation as representing the consensus among professional historians.”--Annals of Iowa
“[A] crisply written and deeply researched study of emancipation’s progress in the war’s western theater.”--Missouri Historical Review
"Kristopher Teters boldly asserts that for Union officers in the Western Theater, emancipation was little more than a tool they hesitantly picked up in order to preserve the nation. His extensively researched and nuanced volume is sure to become a crucial touchstone in the ongoing debate over why Civil War soldiers fought and died."--Kenneth W. Noe, Auburn University
"This book makes an important contribution by expanding our understanding of the role of antislavery sentiment in motivating the Union war effort."--Wayne Hsieh, United States Naval Academy