Review of Willis, Deborah, The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship

Date
2021-03
Authors
Zander, Cecily N.
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Publisher
The Civil War Monitor
Abstract

Ask any Civil War historian what they find compelling about studying America’s great national conflict and you are almost certain to receive an answer that includes the war’s visual culture. The war transformed many aspects of American life and culture; it was one of the first modern conflicts to be brought home to civilians via the medium of photography. In The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship, Deborah Willis has compiled arresting images and a compelling narrative. She argues that photography helped African Americans to form communities and forge a cultural identity as the country underwent its new birth of freedom.

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Article originally published by The Civil War Monitor. English. Published March 2021. https://www.civilwarmonitor.com/willis-the-black-civil-war-soldier-2021/. Permission to deposit this file has been obtained directly from the publisher. Please read the faculty member's entry in the Project INDEX Master Sheet for more information about the publisher communications.
Keywords
Civil War history, African American communities, Civil War photography
Citation
This is the published version of an article that is available at https://www.civilwarmonitor.com/willis-the-black-civil-war-soldier-2021/. Recommended citation: Zander, C. (2021, March). Review of Willis, Deborah, The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship. The Civil War Monitor. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
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