Now or Never!

Now or Never!

54th Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery

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George Stephens and James Henry Gooding felt duty-bound to enlist in the Union Army and prove to the country that "they were worthy to be free men." Among the first to sign up for the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, an all-Black regiment, they eagerly recruited other free Black men to join them. But it wasn't long before Stephens and Gooding discovered the harsh realities of army life. As soldiers and also as the war's first Black correspondents, both men wrote eyewitness reports exposing the dangers and tragedies they experienced on and off the battle field, as well as the shocking injustices they endured in their own army.
Publisher: Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek, An Imprint of Highlights, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781629793405
162979340X
Branch Call Number: j 973.7415 Sh47n
Characteristics: 144 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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3je82rs9
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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