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The Resource Now or never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery, Ray Anthony Shepard

Now or never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery, Ray Anthony Shepard

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Now or never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery
Title
Now or never!
Title remainder
54th Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery
Statement of responsibility
Ray Anthony Shepard
Title variation
Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery
Title variation remainder
  • fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery
  • 54th Massachusetts Infantrys war to end slavery
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eng
Summary
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.
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  • Gr 6 Up—George Stephens and James Henry Gooding, two African American writers and soldiers, answered and extended Frederick Douglass's "Now or Never" call to arms to help mobilize troops for the 54th Massachusetts. The disparity between the pay, conditions, and perceptions of African American Civil War soldiers is delineated well throughout the narrative, and Shepard realistically presents Stephens's and Gooding's reactions to the inequalities. The author will captivate readers with masterfully built suspense, exemplified in the regiment's march through the streets of Boston and the battle for Fort Wagner, and with phrases like, "proud Charleston fell with an earth-rattling boom." The context of the war and the political climate of the country are interjected along with the complexity of sentiments about African Americans, whether through the discussion of the riots in Philadelphia and New York City, or through excerpts from letters that reveal individual prejudices. The inclusion of a time line, maps, drawings, and photographs (none of Stephens or Gooding exist) further enriches the narrative, and Shepard explains his inclusion of epithets and the capitalization of the words black and white when referencing groups of people. VERDICT While books, such as Clinton Cox's Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment have been published on the subject, this is an excellent addition to the history.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY --Hilary Writt (Reviewed 08/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 8, p124)
  • /* Starred Review */ Two black Civil War soldiers and writers offer unique perspectives about how they fought on and off the battlefield.George E. Stephens and James Henry Gooding were both Union soldiers. The fact that they were African-Americans meant that the trajectory of their service and the weight they carried in battle were unusual. In their minds, they were fighting not just to preserve the Union, but to end slavery and secure their rights as full American citizens. The Quaker-educated men both joined the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, and both also wrote about what they saw, Stephens for the Anglo-American, a black Northern weekly, and Gooding for the New Bedford, Massachusetts, Mercury, both showing a different side of the war to blacks and abolitionists. They were skilled at sharing compelling details of the battles they fought in combat and against the racism that, among other things, denied them equal pay for their service. Author Shepard does a great job using the dispatches from these men to form the basis for this narrative. The most impressive contribution is how the individual voices of Stephens and Gooding are in the forefront with their similarities and distinctions. This is a powerful use of primary resources, one that illuminates the lives of its subjects but never gets in the way of their remarkable stories. Rich backmatter provides useful information. Absolutely stellar. (timeline, source notes, bibliography, further reading, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2017)
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10597164
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NHP
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Shepard, Ray Anthony
Dewey number
973.7415
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 11-18
  • 6th and up
  • 1140L
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Lexile
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MG+
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 6
  • 12
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bibliography
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8
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True
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  • Stephens, George E.
  • Gooding, James Henry
  • Stephens, George E
  • Gooding, James Henry
  • Gooding, James Henry
  • Stephens, George E
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • African American journalists
  • African Americans
  • Soldiers
  • African Americans
  • Soldiers
  • African Americans
  • African American journalists
  • African Americans
  • Soldiers
  • African Americans
  • Soldiers
  • African Americans
  • African American journalists
  • African Americans
  • Soldiers
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
  • United States
  • New Bedford (Mass.)
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
  • United States
  • New Bedford (Mass.)
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
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54th Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery
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Now or never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery, Ray Anthony Shepard
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-139) and index
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  • nc
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Contents
George E. Stephens -- Watch night -- James Henry Gooding -- Call to courage -- Hope and glory -- I shall burn this town -- Paymaster's wagon -- Dark heroes -- A grand chance -- Dear old flag -- Are we soldiers? -- Three cheers -- Andersonville -- Mutiny and honor -- The other war -- A final fight and mustering out -- Forward, march! -- Slavery and Civil War -- Timeline
Control code
1889771
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
144 pages
Isbn
9781629793405
Lccn
2017937779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781629793405
  • (OCoLC)1005189367
Label
Now or never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry's war to end slavery, Ray Anthony Shepard
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-139) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
George E. Stephens -- Watch night -- James Henry Gooding -- Call to courage -- Hope and glory -- I shall burn this town -- Paymaster's wagon -- Dark heroes -- A grand chance -- Dear old flag -- Are we soldiers? -- Three cheers -- Andersonville -- Mutiny and honor -- The other war -- A final fight and mustering out -- Forward, march! -- Slavery and Civil War -- Timeline
Control code
1889771
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
144 pages
Isbn
9781629793405
Lccn
2017937779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781629793405
  • (OCoLC)1005189367

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