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Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery

Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery Cover

ISBN13: 9780345467829
ISBN10: 0345467825
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Slavery in the South has been documented in volumes ranging from exhaustive histories to bestselling novels. But the Norths profit from–indeed, dependence on–slavery has mostly been a shameful and well-kept secret . . . until now. In this startling and superbly researched new book, three veteran New England journalists demythologize the region of America known for tolerance and liberation, revealing a place where thousands of people were held in bondage and slavery was both an economic dynamo and a necessary way of life.

Complicity reveals the cruel truth about the Triangle Trade of molasses, rum, and slaves that lucratively linked the North to the West Indies and Africa; discloses the reality of Northern empires built on profits from rum, cotton, and ivory–and run, in some cases, by abolitionists; and exposes the thousand-acre plantations that existed in towns such as Salem, Connecticut. Here, too, are eye-opening accounts of the individuals who profited directly from slavery far from the Mason-Dixon line–including Nathaniel Gordon of Maine, the only slave trader sentenced to die in the United States, who even as an inmate of New Yorks infamous Tombs prison was supported by a shockingly large percentage of the city; Patty Cannon, whose brutal gang kidnapped free blacks from Northern states and sold them into slavery; and the Philadelphia doctor Samuel Morton, eminent in the nineteenth-century field of “race science,” which purported to prove the inferiority of African-born black people.

Culled from long-ignored documents and reports–and bolstered by rarely seen photos, publications, maps, and period drawings–Complicity is a fascinating and sobering work that actually does what so many books pretend to do: shed light on Americas past. Expanded from the celebrated Hartford Courant special report that the Connecticut Department of Education sent to every middle school and high school in the state (the original work is required readings in many college classrooms,) this new book is sure to become a must-read reference everywhere.

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"Everyone knows that the South was different — perhaps so much so that, in the words of the historian James C. Cobb, it often 'hardly seemed part of America at all.' But few agree on how and why it was so distinct. A recent bevy of books wrestles with Southern identity — a question that is older than the republic itself.

Once, the institution of slavery and the white supremacist ideologies... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Rich with historical documents and photos, this narrative dispels the myths surrounding the history of slavery in this country, revealing the North's deep dependence on slave commerce and its own exploitation of slave labor.

About the Author

Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jenifer Frank are veteran journalists for The Hartford Courant, the countrys oldest newspaper in continuous publication. Farrow and Lang were the lead writers and Frank was the editor of the special slavery issue published by Northeast, the newspapers Sunday magazine.

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She is co-editor with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of African American Lives.

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krejun0601, August 10, 2007 (view all comments by krejun0601)
The North had just as many issues dealing with slavery as the South. Some of the most bloodest riots took place in the North, and the largest klan groups were located in the North. The author gives an up close look into the way the North promoted, and profited from slavery.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345467829
Subtitle:
How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Frank, Jenifer
Author:
Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jenifer Frank
Author:
Farrow, Anne
Author:
Lang, Joel
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Slavery -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Northeastern States Economic conditions.
Publication Date:
20050927
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW PHOTOS, MAPS,LINE DRAWINGS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.50x6.38x1.02 in. 1.17 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War

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"Synopsis" by , Rich with historical documents and photos, this narrative dispels the myths surrounding the history of slavery in this country, revealing the North's deep dependence on slave commerce and its own exploitation of slave labor.
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