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In what ways did African Americans shape the course and consequences of the Civil War?

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African Americans played an important role in the Civil War. At the very beginning of the war, African Americans weren’t allowed to fight for the North. However, that changed, and by 1862, 10% of the army was African American. African Americans also served in the navy. They made up slightly less than 20% of the navy. Additionally, some runaway slaves helped the North by being guides and spies. African...

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