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The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South
The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South
by John W Blassingame
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"Has excellent chapters to use regarding slave culture and community... Goes a long way in building a base in understanding the uniqueness of the Black experience in America."--Russell Wigginton, University of Illinois "This is probably the best... (read more)

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The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
by Greg Grandin
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From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates Americas struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyond One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain... (read more)

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Dover Thrift Editions)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Frederick Douglass
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Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) led an astounding life. Physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early... (read more)

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Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South
Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South
by Deborah Gray White
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Living with the dual burdens of racism and sexism, slave women in the plantation South assumed roles within the family and community that contrasted sharply with traditional female roles in the larger American society. This new edition of Ar'n't I a... (read more)

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Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities
Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities
by Craig Steven Wilder
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A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution's complex and contested history of involvement in slavery-setting off a controversy that soon leapt outside of the academic circuit and made headlines across the country. The... (read more)

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The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era
The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era
by Douglas R. Egerton
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By 1870, just five years after Confederate surrender and thirteen years after the Dred Scott decision ruled blacks ineligible for citizenship, Congressional action had ended slavery and given the vote to black men. That same year, Hiram Revels and Joseph... (read more)

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A Short History of Reconstruction (Abridged)
A Short History of Reconstruction (Abridged)
by Eric Foner
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The World the War Made The Coming of Emancipation On January 1, 1863, after a winter storm swept up the east coast of the United States, the sun rose in a cloudless sky over Washington, D.C. At the White House, Abraham Lincoln spent most of the day... (read more)

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave (Yale Nota Bene)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave (Yale Nota Bene)
by Frederick Douglass
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Frederick Douglass's autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, is widely regarded as a classic of American nineteenth-century history, of African-American studies, and of literature. In 1845, just... (read more)

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Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World
Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World
by David Brion Davis
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Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, David Brion Davis has long been recognized as the leading authority on slavery in the Western World. Now, in Inhuman Bondage, Davis sums up a lifetime of insight in this definitive account of New... (read more)

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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Barnes & Noble C: An American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics)
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Barnes & Noble C: An American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics)
by Frederick Douglass
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Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, by Frederick Douglass, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship... (read more)

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12 Years a Slave (Word Cloud Classics)
12 Years a Slave (Word Cloud Classics)
by Solomon Northup
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When Solomon Northup, born a free black man in Saratoga, New York, was offered a short-term job with a circus in Washington, D.C., in 1841, he jumped at the opportunity. But when he arrived, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Finally... (read more)

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The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion
The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion
by Stephen B Oates
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The bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831, and the savage reprisals that followed, shattered beyond repair the myth of the contented slave and the benign master and intensified the forces of change that would plunge America into... (read more)

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The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders
The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders
by James Oakes
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This pathbreaking social history of the slaveholding South marks a turn in our understanding of antebellum America and the coming of the Civil War. Oakes's bracing analysis breaks the myth that slaveholders were a paternalistic aristocracy dedicated to... (read more)

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Slavery By Another Name (08 Edition)
Slavery By Another Name (08 Edition)
by Douglas A. Blackmon
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In this historical expos, Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history--an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II. photographs.... (read more)

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Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
by Adam Hochschild
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From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history — the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire. In early 1787, twelve... (read more)

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Up from Slavery (Dover Thrift Editions)
Up from Slavery (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Booker T Washington
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Born in a Virginia slave hut, Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) rose to become the most influential spokesman for African-Americans of his day. In this eloquently written book, he describes events in a remarkable life that began in bondage and culminated... (read more)

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Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South
Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South
by James Oakes
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This pathbreaking interpretation of the slaveholding South begins with the insight that slavery and freedom were not mutually exclusive but were intertwined in every dimension of life in the South. James Oakes traces the implications of this insight for... (read more)

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The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island
The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island
by Mac Griswold
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In 1984, the landscape historian Mac Griswold was rowing along a Long Island creek when she came upon Sylvester Manor, a stately mansion guarded by hulking boxwoods. When Griswold went inside, she encountered a house full of revelations, including a... (read more)

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Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement
Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement
by Fergus M Bordewich
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An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change The civil war brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a courageous... (read more)

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Dover Thrift Editions)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Harriet Jacobs
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This autobiographical account by a former slave is one of the few extant narratives written by a woman. Written and published in 1861, it delivers a powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life. Jacobs speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her... (read more)

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