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Troubled Refuge

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Troubled Refuge by Chandra Manning
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Jul 25, 2017 | ISBN 9780307456373

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“Striking. . . . Manning’s highly engaging narrative tells a sobering yet uplifting story of the journey toward freedom. In her superb telling we learn something invaluable about the fragile and chaotic nature of the coming of freedom and the enduring dignity and courage of the people who secured it.” –Mark Smith, The Wall Street Journal

“A vitally important book [that] settles the long-standing issue of the freedmen’s own role in exiting slavery. . . . Manning’s emphasis on the camps is novel . . . and [her] research is extraordinary. . . . An essential contribution to the history of the Civil War and its aftermath.” –Booklist (starred review)

“Manning offers a vivid, compelling view of the struggles undertaken by escaped slaves during the Civil War [and] conveys in gritty detail the fraught alliance between refugees and their military protectors”  –Kirkus (starred review)
“Excellent. . . . [A] refreshing work . . . in great detail, the author successfully proves that the road from slavery to freedom was both complex and personal.” –Library Journal

“The end of slavery came through an unplanned alliance between the Union army and black refugees from slavery who came within the army’s lines during the Civil War.  Digging deeply into a wealth of sources, Chandra Manning has provided a powerful new account of how emancipation actually proceeded on the ground and how former slaves and the army forged a new order of freedom and black citizenship.” James M. McPherson

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