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Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend
by Richard G Williams Jr
Binding: Hardcover, First edition. edition, 224 pages
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing
Weight: 1 pound
Dimension: H: 1 x L: 9 x W: 6.1 inches
ISBN 10: 158182565X
ISBN 13: 9781581825657
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Book Description:
Many historians have touched on Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson's relationship with African Americans in light of his Christian faith. Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend explores an aspect of his life that is both intriguing and enlightening: his conversion to Christianity and how it affected his relationship with Southern blacks. Covering the origin of Jackson's awakening to faith, the book challenges some widely held beliefs, including the assumption that this spiritual journey did not begin until his adulthood. Furthermore, Richard G. Williams Jr. examines a paradox of Jackson's life: his conversion to Christianity was encouraged by Southern slaves. That faith would one day lead Jackson to minister to other slaves through his Sunday school class.

Exploring in depth Jackson's now famous 'Colored Sabbath School,' Williams reveals for the first time the influence his efforts had on subsequent generations of African Americans. Using original documents, interviews, historical resources, and heretofore unpublished letters and photographs, Williams confirms the veneration with which blacks from Virginia esteemed Jackson, even years after his death and some to this day. An interview with and photographs of two spiritual descendants of Jackson's black Sunday school class adds a real life connection to this fascinating dimension of the famed general's life.

The book also examines Jackson's documented youthful pangs of conscience regarding the illiteracy of American slaves and how Providence ultimately came to use him to have a lasting and positive impact on Southern blacks.


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