Reviews for Slaves to Soldiers : African-American Fighting Men in the Civil War

School Library Journal Reviews 1998 October
Gr 4-6-This slim volume covers the reasons for the Civil War, in somewhat simplistic terms, and the years leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation. How slaves were used in the war effort and the campaigns that African-American troops participated in, particularly the action seen by the 54th Massachusetts, are discussed. A final chapter introduces some of the heroes of the war, including the winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is perhaps the most valuable information in the book for many of the names will be unfamiliar to even the most avid Civil War buffs and will provide fertile ground for report topics. The black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions provide additional information. Brief lists for further reading, nonprint material, and Internet sites conclude the book. Not an essential purchase, but libraries needing more material on African-American history or the Civil War may want to consider it.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews