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Fighting for Citizenship – Black Northerners and the Debate over Military Service in the Civil War - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Fighting for Citizenship: Black Northerners and the Debate over Military Service in the Civil War

Brian Taylor


In Fighting for Citizenship, Brian Taylor complicates existing interpretations of why black men fought in the Civil War. Civil War–era African Americans recognized the urgency of a core political concern: how best to use the opportunity presented by this conflict over slavery to win abolition and secure enduring black rights, goals that had eluded earlier generations of black veterans. Some, like Frederick Douglass, urged immediate enlistment to support the cause of emancipation, hoping that a Northern victory would bring about the end of slavery. But others counseled patience and negotiation, ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Enlistment, African American soldiers, Military, Citizenship, Free blacks, Black Northerners, Equality, Abolition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469659770
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Taylor, author
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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