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" They called us Bluejackets "
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The International Journal of Naval History has a fascinating article on contrabands and their contribution and heroism in the Union Navy along the southeastern waters of the US.
"This paper illuminates the important role contrabands played in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the early establishment of the blockade from November 7,1861, to January 1, 1863, when the Emancipation Proclamation mooted the concept of contrabands. Furthermore, this paper will attempt to reveal how contrabands were changed by their experience as sailors in the United States Navy."
Author Dr. Lisa Y. King's meticulously researched paper goes beyond historical documentation of names, ships and battles linked to naval contrabands. Her research often presents a three dimensional profile of black Union sailors. King's analysis of the impact of their naval experience on their lives adds a much needed "humanity" to the nameless contrabands who fought for their freedom.
Dr. King is a professor at Morgan State and is a member of the research team at Howard University's Civil War Sailor Project. "In Search of Women of African Descent Who Served in the Civil War Union Navy," was published in The Journal of Negro History.
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