Negro Casualties in the Civil War
Washington, D. C. The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc., [1947?]. In this pamphlet, the Jewish Marxist Herbert Aptheker documents the involvement of black soldiers in the Civil War to counter the view of at least one historian that “The American negroes are the only people in the history of the world…that ever became free without any effort of their own…It [the Civil War] was not their business. They had not started the war nor ended it. They twanged banjos around the railroad stations, sang melodious spirituals, and believed that some Yankee would soon come along and give each of them forty acres of land and a mule” (qtd. in Aptheker from W. E. Woodward’s Meet General Grant, 1928).
Aptheker’s paper was published in the January 1947 issue of the ASNLH’s magazine, The Journal of Negro Life (Vol. 32, No. 1), which we presume preceded this separate publication, which is not formatted as an offprint.
Stapled wrappers (9 ¾” x 6 ¾”), 73 p. Scuffing and soiling to wrappers; offsetting to rear blanks from newspaper clippings. An uncommon title. Item #10469