"Southern blacks, largely illiterate and unfamiliar with the activities of northern abolitionists, observed the outbreak of war more cautiously. However, once they understood that the war could hasten their freedom, most grasped every opportunity to aid the Union army. Their reactions to the war's outbreak destroyed the myth of the happy slave. "
-From African Americans and the Civil War, by Gabriel Burns Stepto, cited below
Unidentified African American Civil War Veteran
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Source: "Debunking the myth of the Lost Cause: A lie embedded in American history" by TED-Ed, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.
African Americans and the Civil War. (2003). In G. B. Stepto (Ed.), The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience (pp. 169-189). Charles Scribner's Sons. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX3409100016/GVRL?u=aubu98092&sid=bookmark-GVRL&xid=edfaae99