Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps by Amy Murrell Taylor

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Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps by Amy Murrell Taylor published by The University of North Carolina Press (2018) 363 pages 34.95 Hardcover, $15.39 Kindle
Just a few decades ago the stories of Black refugees fleeing from slavery into the hands of the Union Army attracted little attention among historians. Recently there has been a raft of books published on everything from the health impacts of freedom to the organization of educational initiatives. Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps by Amy Murrell Taylor, far from being an outlier in the modern historiography of the Civil War, is the latest, and possibly the most honored, volume touching on the African American refugee experience. Her writing is crisp and incisive. While this book lives up to academic standards, its presents its findings through easy to relate to stories of well-documented refugee experiences.

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