Journal of American Studies

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Review Essay

African Americans Fight Their Civil War


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Glenn David Brasher , The Peninsula Campaign and the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012, $39.95). Pp. 288. isbn 978 0 8078 3544 9.

Jim Downs , Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, $29.95). Pp. 264. isbn 978 0 19 975872 2.

Kevin M. Levin , Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2012, $35.00). Pp. 184. isbn 970 0 8131 3610 3.

Heather Andrea Williams , Help Me Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012, $30.00). Pp. 251. isbn 978 0 8078 3554 8.