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The Won CauseBlack and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic$
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Barbara A. Gannon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834527

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877708_gannon

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Heirs of These Dead Heroes

Heirs of These Dead Heroes

African Americans and the Battle for Memory

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The Won Cause

Barbara A. Gannon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how African American veterans' associations, their auxiliaries, their sons and daughters, and other elements of the African American GAR circle fought the efforts of those who would forget slavery and the black military experience in the Civil War. Black veterans and their associates used their membership in the GAR to contest Civil War Memory on the local, state, and national stages. Locally, the African American GAR circle participated in a number of activities that commemorated various aspects of the black freedom struggle, such as Emancipation Day celebrations and Fifteenth Amendment commemorations. Nationally, African American posts took part in patriotic celebrations such as Fourth of July observances, centennial celebrations, and integrated parades at annual GAR meetings.

Keywords:   African American veterans' associations, African American GAR circle, slavery, black military experience, Civil War

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