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Groundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves' War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation's bloodiest conflict, as acclaimed historian Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided.

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This is the first narrative of the Civil War told by the very people that it freed.

Groundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves' War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation's bloodiest conflict. An acclaimed historian of nineteenth-century and African American history, Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided. Woven together from interviews, diaries, letters, and memoirs, here is the Civil War as seen not only from battlefields and camps but also from slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, and fields. Speaking in a quintessentially American language of biblical power and intensity, body servants, army cooks and launderers, runaways, teamsters, and gravediggers bring the war to life. From slaves' theories about the war's causes to their frank assessments of such figures as Lincoln, Davis, Lee, and Grant; from their searing memories of the carnage of battle to their often startling attitudes toward masters and liberators alike; and from their initial jubilation at the Yankee invasion of the slave South to the crushing disappointment of freedom's promise unfulfilled, The Slaves' War is an engrossing vision of America's Second Revolution.

"A riveting book about the most important event in our history, from the perspective of those most affected by its outcome.... An antidote to all the mythologizing that has over the years smothered this moral tale." ---Ken Burns

"Narrator Richard Allen turns those memories, told in the uneducated Negro slang of the period, into a masterpiece of credibility. Allen does the accent and mispronunciations so well that one can believe he has become those downtrodden people of the American South." ---Audiofile

"A truly compelling listening experience that demands repeated listenings." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review

"A fresh angle and a wealth of material." ---Kirkus

"A unique and immensely valuable narrative that gives voice to the experiences and attitudes of slaves who endured the [Civil War]." ---Booklist Starred Review
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The Slaves' War

The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves

Author Andrew Ward

Narrated by Richard Allen

Publication date Jun 16, 2008

Running time 14 hrs

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