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By Jean Lee Cole,Aaron Sheehan-Dean

In a sequence of columns released within the African American newspaper The Christian Recorder, the younger, charismatic preacher Henry McNeal Turner defined his event of the Civil conflict, first from the viewpoint of a civilian observer in Washington, D.C., and later, as one of many Union army’s first black chaplains.


In the halls of Congress, Turner witnessed the debates surrounding emancipation and black enlistment. As military chaplain, Turner dodged “grape” and cannon, comforted the in poor health and wounded, and settled disputes among white southerners and their former slaves. He was once dismayed by means of the destruction left by way of Sherman’s military within the Carolinas, yet buoyed by way of the bravery displayed via black infantrymen in conflict. After the battle ended, he helped identify church buildings and colleges for the freedmen, who formerly have been prohibited from attending either.


Throughout his columns, Turner evinces his enterprise trust within the absolute equality of blacks with whites, and insists on civil rights for all black voters. In bright, designated prose, laced with a mix of trenchant remark and self-deprecating humor, Turner verified himself as greater than an observer: he grew to become a particular and authoritative voice for the black group, and a pace-setter within the African Methodist Episcopal church. After Reconstruction failed, Turner turned upset with the yank dream and have become a vocal recommend of black emigration to Africa, prefiguring black nationalists corresponding to Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X. the following, besides the fact that, we see Turner’s younger exuberance and optimism, and his open-eyed ask yourself on the momentous adjustments happening in American society.


Well-known in his day, Turner has been relegated to the fringes of African American background, largely simply because neither his perspectives nor the varieties within which he expressed them have been well-known by means of both the black or white elite. With an creation by means of Jean Lee Cole and a foreword via Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Freedom’s Witness: The Civil battle Correspondence of Henry McNeal Turner restores this significant determine to the historic and literary record.

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