368 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, 8 maps, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4362-5
Published: November 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4363-2
Published: October 2018
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Awards & distinctions
2019 Tom Watson Brown Book Award, Society of Civil War Historians
2019 John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia
2019 Avery O. Craven Award, Organization of American Historians
2019 Merle Curti Social History Award, Organization of American Historians
The stories of individuals--storekeepers, a laundress, and a minister among them--anchor this ambitious and wide-ranging history and demonstrate with new clarity how contingent the slaves' pursuit of freedom was on the rhythms and culture of military life. Taylor brings new insight into the enormous risks taken by formerly enslaved people to find freedom in the midst of the nation’s most destructive war.
About the Author
Amy Murrell Taylor is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky and author of The Divided Family in Civil War America.
For more information about Amy Murrell Taylor, visit the Author Page.
"A wonderfully conceived and persuasive new history of wartime refugees--innovative in its organization, pathbreaking in its seamless integration of military and social history, and beautifully written."--Leslie Schwalm, University of Iowa
"The largest hole in the literature on the American Civil War is the experience of African American slave refugees called contrabands. Amy Murrell Taylor ably fills much of that gap with her truly impressive book, Embattled Freedom. Taylor brings to life the remarkable journey of these African Americans, a migration that began with the thrill of fulfilling of their dream of freedom, but in most cases was fraught with hardship and misfortune. Without doubt, this book is the starting point for anyone interested in the saga and often tragedy that befell hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children in the wartime transition from slavery to freedom."--Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Multimedia & Links
Taylor talks to Adam McNeil for the New Books Network podcast. (05/29/2019, running time 01:01:33)