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Cleburne: A Graphic Novel
[u]Cleburne[/u] is the true story of Irish immigrant and Confederate General Patrick Cleburne and his plan to enlist slaves to fight for the South during the American Civil War. According to Cleburne's proposal all African Americans who served the Confederacy as soldiers would receive their freedom upon enlistment. This was a revolutionary concept for its day and sent Cleb ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 26th 2008 by Rampart Press LLC
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As a Northern Yankee, my natural perspective on the Civil War has always been a wee bit tainted by that whole "they had slaves" thing. While I am well aware the North was hardly slave-free in some states or a bastion of racial tolerance, any argument for the South begins and ends with that little thing for me. As romantic as the plantations were, as gallant as the men fighting for their country, especially as compared to the Union forces that seem so colorless, the simple slave fact has always b ...more
This is a pretty good piece of historical fiction that's going to be overlooked because the guy doesn't really have a fully formed art style. Getting an pro like Al Milgrom to ink it was a smart move, but it didn't stop the characters from all looking the same. There's about three or maybe four people in this comic who look identical, and unfortunately one of the is General Cleburne, the main character. Considering the guy was the only Irish fellow in the whole CSA command, you'd think it'd be e ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars
This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is about the last year of Confederate General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne's life. What makes him so interesting is that he was the first to publicly advocate the use of African American slaves in Confederate ranks, promising them freedom upon enlistment. About what is perhaps the most misunderstood and controversial topic in United States history, this book is a good addition to Civil War lit.
This is gorgeously drawn, and was an interesting story that was new to me. The story focuses on Pat Cleburne, a confederate general who proposed offering freedom to slaves in exchange for their service as soldiers in the confederate army. I cannot vouch for its historical accuracy, but this graphic novel will probably lead to me further research General Cleburne.
Justin Murphy has done a great job of making history come alive. In this graphic novel the animation and writing come together gracefully to make a very intriguing tale. Pat Cleburne is a war hero you are rooting for until the very end. One of the best Civil war tales I have read! I highly recommend this to those looking for a good first graphic novel read.
Jul 18, 2011 orangerful rated it 3 of 5 stars
3.5 Stars - a lot of information in this book, but very interesting. This would be a great way to introduce a reluctant reader to some of the more interesting people around during the Civil War that the textbooks just skim over.