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Now or Never!: 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery



by
Ray Anthony Shepard

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Boyds Mills Press
Imprint
Calkins Creek
ISBN
9781629793405

Awards and Honors
2018 Carter G. Woodson Book Award Honor, Secondary Level
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2017
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur
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JLG Category

History High

Here is the riveting dual biography of two little-known but extraordinary men in Civil War history—George E. Stephens and James Henry Gooding, Union soldiers who served in the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, the well-known black regiment, and also war correspondents who published eyewitness reports of the battlefields.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

144

Trim Size

6" x 9 1/4"

Dewey

973.7/444

AR

8: points 5

Lexile

1140L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

9

JLG Release

Jan 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

George Stephens and James Henry Gooding, two African American writers and soldiers, answered and extended Frederick Douglass’s “Now or Never” call to arms to help mobilize troops for the 54th Massachusetts. The disparity between the pay, conditions, and perceptions of African American Civil War soldiers is delineated well throughout the narrative, and Shepard realistically presents Stephens’s and Gooding’s reactions to the inequalities. The author will captivate readers with masterfully built suspense, exemplified in the regiment’s march through the streets of Boston and the battle for Fort Wagner, and with phrases like, “proud Charleston fell with an earth-rattling boom.” The context of the war and the political climate of the country are interjected along with the complexity of sentiments about African Americans, whether through the discussion of the riots in Philadelphia and New York City, or through excerpts from letters that reveal individual prejudices. The inclusion of a time line, maps, drawings, and photographs (none of Stephens or Gooding exist) further enriches the narrative, and Shepard explains his inclusion of epithets and the capitalization of the words black and white when referencing groups of people. VERDICT While books, such as Clinton Cox’s Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment have been published on the subject, this is an excellent addition to the history.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

George Stephens and James Henry Gooding, two African American writers and soldiers, answered and extended Frederick Douglass’s “Now or Never” call to arms to help mobilize troops for the 54th Massachusetts. The disparity between the pay, conditions, and perceptions of African American Civil War soldiers is delineated well throughout the narrative, and Shepard realistically presents Stephens’s and Gooding’s reactions to the inequalities. The author will captivate readers with masterfully built suspense, exemplified in the regiment’s march through the streets of Boston and the battle for Fort Wagner, and with phrases like, “proud Charleston fell with an earth-rattling boom.” The context of the war and the political climate of the country are interjected along with the complexity of sentiments about African Americans, whether through the discussion of the riots in Philadelphia and New York City, or through excerpts from letters that reveal individual prejudices. The inclusion of a time line, maps, drawings, and photographs (none of Stephens or Gooding exist) further enriches the narrative, and Shepard explains his inclusion of epithets and the capitalization of the words black and white when referencing groups of people. VERDICT While books, such as Clinton Cox’s Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment have been published on the subject, this is an excellent addition to the history.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY

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