Black soldiers in the us military during the civil war background once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter us let him get an eagle on his button and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship. Facts information and articles about african americans in the civil war from black history african americans in the civil war summary african americans served in the in the civil war on both the union and confederate side in the union army over 179000 african american men served in over 160 units as well as more serving in the navy and in support positions. Slaves to soldiers african american fighting men in the civil war first book wallace b black on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers explores the circumstances of african americans who fought in the civil war including slaves free southerners. Slavery played the central role during the american civil warthe primary catalyst for secession was slavery especially southern political leaders resistance to attempts by northern antislavery political forces to block the expansion of slavery into the western territoriesslave life went through great changes as the south saw union armies take control of broad areas of land
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