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This book examines African Americans and the Confederate war effort.
Black Southerners in Confederate Armies: A Collection of Historical Accounts
Florence historian Lee Freeman notes that this book "examines multiple facets of the service of blacks on behalf of the Confederate war effort. The cover is of three Lauderdale County, AL pro-Southern black vets, from l, George W. Seawright, Reuben…
Blacks in Blue and Gray: Afro-American Service in the Civil War
This book discusses the role of African Americans in both the United States Army and the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
The Confederate Negro: Virginia's Craftsmen and Milita
This is one of the first books to examine African Americans in the Confederacy.
Black Catholics in the United States
Florence historian Lee Freeman: "A nice overview of black Catholics in the US from Colonial times to the present. Contains information on the antebellum black Catholic population of Mobile. In the mid-1940s Florence African-American businesswoman…
The Gray and the Black: The Confederate Debate on Emancipation
This book examines Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne's proposal to arm the slaves and free them after the war and the firestorm of debate which ensued.
Let Not Your Heart Be Hardened
This book tells the story of Joe Louis Duster, who grew up in Florence Alabama and became the city's first African American firefighter in 1981.
Temperance and Racism: John Bull, Johnny Reb, and the Good Templars
Florence historian Lee Freeman notes: "Founded in 1851 in Upstate New York, the Independent Order of Good Templars (IOGT) was an international Evangelical Protestant fraternal order open to men and women dedicated to temperance and while the lodge…
The Search for the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South
This book examines the Thomas and Rapier families of Florence, Alabama.
Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery
This book tells of the life of Henry Goings, born Elisha Turner, who escapes from slavery. Goings was born in Virginia and brought to Florence where he worked on the Smith plantation near the Forks of Cypress.