I Freed Myself: Review

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This was a fascinating read; analyzing the impact that African Americans had on their own emancipation. This book is a technical, yet understandable read, allowing it to be comprehended by readers of variable skill levels.

This book gives a comprehensive analysis on the roles African Americans, enslaved or otherwise, played in obtaining their emancipation. It’s not an oft talked about fact that African Americans played a pivotal role in freeing themselves. Without the rebellion of slaves and opposition to slavery or inequality of free blacks in the north, emancipation would never have occurred.

This book does a really good job of presenting the reader with a lot of important information. This book talks about everything from maroons to political parties and the impact everything had on the end of slavery. This book presents a lot of information in an easily understandable manner, allowing the reader to get a complete grasp on everything that built up to emancipation.

The writing in this book was pleasant to read. While the author does present the reader with a lot of information (some presented in a technical manner), this book is generally easy to read and understand. This author definitely understands how to write a good non-fiction, history book in a way that is pleasant and still gets the information completely across to the reader.

The only problem that I had with this book was with the formatting. There are a lot of footnotes in this book, at the bottom of each page. I would have been happier having the footnotes at the end of the chapter, or at the end of the book entirely, as having the footnotes at the bottom of each page got distracting and detracted from the reading experience.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in slavery and emancipation, especially the role of African Americans in emancipation. I would also recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about the role African Americans played in their own freedom. This is definitely an interesting and eye-opening read about the civil war era.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

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2 thoughts on “I Freed Myself: Review

    Monday Book Review: Around the Web | Brick ONeil said:
    March 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

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    WORDMAN said:
    March 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Not my cup of tea, but a very good review. Thank you.

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