After the Glory
By: Donald R. Shaffer
The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans
The heroics of black Union soldiers in the Civil War have been justly celebrated, but their postwar lives largely neglected. After the Glory reveals black veterans’ valiant but often frustrating efforts to secure true autonomy and equality as civilians. The book chronicles the postwar transition of black veterans from the Union army, as well as their subsequent life patterns, political involvement, family and marital life, experiences with social welfare, comradeship with other veterans, and memories of the war itself. Like other African Americans, black veterans fought fiercely against disenfranchisement and Jim Crow, but were better equipped to do so.
Hardcover, 281 pages