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Doctoring FreedomThe Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation$
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Gretchen Long

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835838

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837399_long

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We Have Come Out Like Men

We Have Come Out Like Men

African American Military Medical Care

(p.70) Chapter Three We Have Come Out Like Men
Doctoring Freedom

Gretchen Long

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the experiences of African American military laborers and soldiers in the Union army during the Civil War. Letters and testimonials written by black soldiers to the government are among the earliest of the many consciously political acts by African Americans who sought access to health care. In return for their military service, they expected decent medical care for themselves and their families.

Keywords:   African American, military service, soldiers, Union army, Civil War, health care, medical care

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