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Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War

Bruce Levine


This book offers an illuminating account of Major-General Patrick Cleburne's fascinating and politically charged idea — that “the most courageous of our slaves” be trained as soldiers and that “every slave in the South who shall remain true to the Confederacy in this war” be freed. This book looks closely at such Confederate plans to arm and free slaves. It shows that by 1865, within only a year of Cleburne's proposal, which was initially rejected out of hand, Jefferson Davis, Judah P. Benjamin, and Robert E. Lee had all reached the same conclusions. At that point, the idea was debated widely ... More

Keywords: Patrick Cleburne, slavery, Confederate, Jefferson Davis, Judah P. Benjamin, Robert E. Lee, Union, post-war Southern politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195147629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147629.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Levine, author
University of California, Santa Cruz
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