Book Cover of The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflct and Citizenship by Deborah Willisby Deborah Willis

A stunning collection of stoic portraits and intimate ephemera from the lives of Black Civil War soldiers

Though both the Union and Confederate armies excluded African American men from their initial calls to arms, many of the men who eventually served were black. Simultaneously, photography culture blossomed―marking the Civil War as the first conflict to be extensively documented through photographs. In The Black Civil War Soldier, Deb Willis explores the crucial role of photography in (re)telling and shaping African American narratives of the Civil War, pulling from a dynamic visual archive that has largely gone unacknowledged.

Interview with the Author

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“The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship” (NYU Press, 2021)
7/21/19        79 min

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