The first narrative history of the Civil War as told by the very people it freed. Historian of nineteenth-century and African-American history Andrew Ward weaves together hundreds of interviews, diaries, letters, and memoirs. Here is the Civil War as seen from slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, swamps, and fields. Body servants, army cooks and launderers, runaways, teamsters, and gravediggers bring the war to richly detailed life. From slaves' theories...
"With stunning recreations of their historic performances and a rich spiritual score, Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory draws on letters and diaries to bring to life these ex-slaves' fundraising tours. Dressed in rags, they first met with racial hostility. But eventually their beautiful voices and powerful songs moved audiences from New York to Berlin."--cover.