Now or Never!

Now or Never!

54th Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery

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Here is the riveting dual biography of two little-known but extraordinary men in Civil War history George E. Stephens and James Henry Gooding. These Union soldiers not only served in the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, the well-known black regiment, but were also war correspondents who published eyewitness reports of the battlefields. Their dispatches told the truth of their lives at camp, their intense training, and the dangers and tragedies on the battlefield. Like the other thousands of black soldiers in the regiment, they not only fought against the Confederacy and the inhumanity of slavery, but also against injustice in their own army. The regiment's protest against unfair pay resulted in America's first major civil rights victory; equal pay for African American soldiers. This fresh perspective on the Civil War includes an author's note, timeline, bibliography, index and source notes. .
Publisher: Honesdale, Pennsylvania :, Calkins Creek, An Imprint of Highlights,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781629793405
Branch Call Number: Y 920 SH
Characteristics: 144 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Oct 13, 2017

This fast-paced, true story of young, brave, determined black men from the Massachusetts 54th Infantry reports heartbreaking details of inherent racism that they endured throughout their service in the Union Army. It's a story of institutional racism that, unfortunately still exists today, more than 150 years after the Civil War. Mr. Shepherd tells a little-known story that needs to be shared. I felt such pride for the courage of these men to stand up for their rights and give their lives for a greater good for all.


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