The Fire of Freedom

The Fire of Freedom

Abraham Galloway & the Slaves' Civil War

Book - 2012
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Abraham H. Galloway (1837-70) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army's ranks. He also stood at the forefront of an African American political movement that flourished in the Union-occupied parts of North Carolina, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature. Long hidden from history, Galloway's story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. As David Cecelski writes, "Galloway's Civil War was a slave insurgency, a war of liberation that was the culmination of generations of perseverance and faith." This portrait illuminates Galloway's life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African Americans in the South.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9780807835661
Branch Call Number: 973.7092 GALLOWAY
Characteristics: xx, 326 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Jul 25, 2014

Through the story of Abraham Galloway, the author shows that the slaves turned the Union Army's fate from defeat to victory. They did that by running away to join the Union Army. Those who remained on the plantations won the war for the Union by going on a "General Strike". The author gives credit to W.E.B. DuBois for this insight.


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