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The Great Task Remaining Before Us$
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Paul A. Cimbala and Randall M. Miller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232024

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232024.001.0001

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“I Wanted a Gun”: Black Soldiers and White Violence in Civil War and Postwar Kentucky and a Missouri

(p.30) 2 “I Wanted a Gun”: Black Soldiers and White Violence in Civil War and Postwar Kentucky and a Missouri
The Great Task Remaining Before Us

Aaron Astor

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the ongoing violence in neighboring Kentucky and Missouri. Unlike West Tennessee, however, conservative whites—both Unionist and former Confederates—in these two border states made common cause to resist black emancipation, blacks in the military, and ultimately black citizenship. For four years, the Confederate and Union armies had battled over these issues. It is argued that after Appomattox, “the battle over the place of African Americans in Kentucky and Missouri society merely entered a new phase”.

Keywords:   Civil War, postwar violence, Kentucky, Missouri, black emancipation, black citizenship

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