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The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War

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Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published September 29th 2012 by University of North Carolina Press
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Lisa Murphy
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read over a hundred of books about the civil war: biographies, histories, and social theory, but The Fire of Freedom is one of my favorites, perhaps because it has to do with resistance, spying, bravery and bold daring-do, with standing up in dangerous times and refusing to give up. The narrative about slaves’ roles in the war is often a muted one: They waited and watched, they aided where they could, they ran to safety, and eventually, when given the chance, they fought bravely and deci ...more
Fraser Sherman
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, history
4.5. Abraham Galloway was a North Carolina mixed-race slave (his owner was a kid in the same family) and brickmason who become a runaway, a Union spy, organizer of black fighters for the union and later a North Carolina state senator, dying before he had to watch the forces of white supremacy resurgent (though as the author notes, he probably wouldn't have been surprised)
While dry in spots, it's really good to be reminded that the Civil War wasn't just two armies of white people with slaves and
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326.8092 C3879 2012
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As a chaperone on a recent 4th grade field trip, I was introduced to this historical figure in NC history - Abraham Galloway. Can't wait to read this book about him. ...more
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