368 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 halftones, 8 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6159-9
Published: August 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4362-5
Published: November 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4363-2
Published: October 2018
Paperback Available August 2020, but pre-order your copy today!
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Awards & distinctions
2019 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
2019 Tom Watson Brown Book Award, Society of Civil War Historians
2019 John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia
2019 Avery O. Craven Award, Organization of American Historians
2019 Merle Curti Social History Award, Organization of American Historians
A 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Governor's Book Award, Kentucky Historical Society and the Office of the Governor
Theodore A. Hallam Book Award, University of Kentucky Department of History
Shortlisted, 2019 Museum of African American History Stone Book Award
The stories of individuals--storekeepers, a laundress, and a minister among them--anchor this ambitious and wide-ranging history and demonstrate with new clarity how contingent the slaves' pursuit of freedom was on the rhythms and culture of military life. Taylor brings new insight into the enormous risks taken by formerly enslaved people to find freedom in the midst of the nation’s most destructive war.
About the Author
Amy Murrell Taylor is T. Marshall Hahn Jr. Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and author of The Divided Family in Civil War America.
For more information about Amy Murrell Taylor, visit the Author Page.
"Gracefully written and exhaustively researched, Taylor’s book offers the reader a vivid and convincing narrative of these slave refugee camps as 'an elemental part of the story of slavery’s destruction in the United States,' one that deserves a broad readership among not only Civil War enthusiasts but anyone interested in the history of race and slavery in the United States."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fine example of the latest approach to the study of the Civil War. . . . An important book because it shows clearly that, despite Civil War mythology, the conflict did not result in immediate freedom.”--Civil War Book Review
“A well-written, thoroughly documented, thought-provoking, if not always uplifting, book about an overlooked aspect of America’s Civil War.”--The Journal of America’s Military Past
“Taylor has written perhaps the single-most evocative portrayal of wartime refugees in the field’s distinguished history. . . . In patient, concrete prose, and by “slowing down the pace of the traditional emancipation narrative,” Taylor elicits not just sympathy or terror or excitement but genuine suspense.”—Reviews in American History
“Embattled Freedom is a profound meditation on the nature of warfare and its relation to freedom and citizenship. Amy Murrell Taylor demonstrates not only her expertise as a military and social historian but also her skill as a thinker and writer. This book is a model for scholars and students alike.”--Journal of Social History
“Converts a triumphalist tale of enslavement ended by emancipation into a more realistic one of an ongoing journey toward a contingent and uncertain freedom that was far from complete in 1865.”--Journal of American History
Multimedia & Links
Taylor talks to Adam McNeil for the New Books Network podcast. (05/29/2019, running time 01:01:33)