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Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor

Gould, IV, William B.

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ISBN 10: 0804747083 / ISBN 13: 9780804747080
Editorial: Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2002
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa blanda
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"In September 1862, William Benjamin Gould escaped from slavery by rowing to the U.S.S. Cambridge, a Union gunboat patrolling off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina. He serverd in the United States Navy for the remainder of the Civil War and left a diary of his experiences-one of only three known diaries of African American sailors from the period. It is distinguished not only by its details and eloquent tone, but also by its author's reflections on the conduct of the war, on his own military engagements, on race relations in the Navy, and on what African Americans might expect after the war during Reconstruction." Book is in box 1453. The book is a SIGNED copy from the author, William B. Gould, IV. N° de ref. de la librería 060738

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Título: Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage...

Editorial: Stanford University Press, Stanford, California

Año de publicación: 2002

Encuadernación: Pictorial Softcover

Condición del libro: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: Third Paperback Printing

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The heart of this book is the remarkable Civil War diary of the author’s great-grandfather, William Benjamin Gould, an escaped slave who served in the United States Navy from 1862 until the end of the war. The diary vividly records Gould’s activity as part of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia; his visits to New York and Boston; the pursuit to Nova Scotia of a hijacked Confederate cruiser; and service in European waters pursuing Confederate ships constructed in Great Britain and France. Gould’s diary is one of only three known diaries of African American sailors in the Civil War. It is distinguished not only by its details and eloquent tone (often deliberately understated and sardonic), but also by its reflections on war, on race, on race relations in the Navy, and on what African Americans might expect after the war. The book includes introductory chapters that establish the context of the diary narrative, an annotated version of the diary, a brief account of Gould’s life in Massachusetts after the war, and William B. Gould IV’s thoughts about the legacy of his great-grandfather and his own journey of discovery in learning about this remarkable man.

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“[Diary of a Contraband provides] modern readers with vivid insight into the life and thought of a man who overcame the degradations of slavery, actively sought his own freedom and fought to make it permanent, and in the end forged a new life as a full citizen . . . .An unusual work, [it is] one of only three wartime diaries kept by black sailors.”—Library Journal
“Diary of a Contraband offers a fascinating picture of everyday life for sailors and cilivians in the 1860s. It also provides tantalizing details of antebellum Willington that have seldom made their way into written history.”—Willmington Star-News

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