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Slavery and Reform in West Africa: Toward Emancipation in Nineteenth-Century Senegal and the Gold Coast

by Trevor R. Getz Ohio University Press (April 20, 2004)

A series of transformations, reforms, and attempted abolitions of slavery form a core narrative of nineteenth-century coastal West Africa. As the region's role in Atlantic commercial networks underwent a gradual...


Historical Dictionary of Slavery and Abolition

by Martin A. Klein Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 04, 2014)

This second edition relates the long and brutal history of slavery and the struggle for abolition using several key features:

  • Chronology
  • Introductory essay
  • Appendixes
  • Bibliography
  • Over 500 cross-referenced entries...


The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865

by James J. Gigantino II University of Pennsylvania Press (September 15, 2014)

James J. Gigantino II shatters the easy dichotomy between free and slave states in early America. The Ragged Road to Abolition illustrates how slavery in New Jersey persisted until the ratification of the Thirteenth...


The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade

by Barbara L. Solow & Dale Tomich Lexington Books (May 27, 2014)

The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade places the sugar/slave/plantation complex of the British West Indies at the center of the Atlantic trading system, uniting the economies of western Europe,...


Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day Slave Narratives

by Laura T. Murphy Columbia University Press (March 25, 2014)

Slavery is not a crime confined to the far reaches of history. It is an injustice that continues to entrap twenty-seven million people across the globe. Laura Murphy offers close to forty survivor narratives...


My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Born a slave, Douglass became outspoken force in antislavery movement. The best of Douglass's autobiographies. Graphic description of slave life.


The Empire of Necessity

by Greg Grandin Metropolitan Books (January 13, 2014)

From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America's struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyond

One morning in 1805, off...


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup, Dean King & Vera J. Williams Skyhorse (November 19, 2013)

The incredible true story of the kidnapping, enslavement, and rescue of Solomon Northup in the era before the Civil Warnow a major motion picture!

In 1841, Solomon Northup was a free man living in Saratoga Springs,...


An Imperfect God

by Henry Wiencek Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 11, 2013)

An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free;...


The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

by Mac Griswold Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 01, 2013)

Mac Griswold's The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister--and of the family that...


From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery

by Alison Brysk & Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick University of Pennsylvania Press (January 31, 2012)

In this volume a cast of experts demonstrates that it is time to recognize human trafficking as an issue of human rights and social justice, rooted in larger structural issues relating to the global economy,...


The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870

by Hugh Thomas Simon & Schuster (April 16, 2013)

After many years of research, award-winning historian Hugh Thomas portrays, in a balanced account, the complete history of the slave trade. Beginning with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, he describes...


The Slaves' Gamble

by Gene Allen Smith St. Martin's Press (January 21, 2013)

Images of American slavery conjure up cotton plantations and African American slaves locked in bondage until the Civil War. Yet early on in the nineteenth century the state of slavery was very different, and...


Agency of the Enslaved: Jamaica and the Culture of Freedom in the Atlantic World

by D. A. Dunkley Lexington Books (December 07, 2012)

In this book, author D.A. Dunkley challenges the notion that enslavement fostered the culture of freedom in the former colonies of Western Europe in the Americas. Dunkley explores the importance of the agency...


Slavery's Constitution

by David Waldstreicher Hill and Wang (June 21, 2010)

Taking on decades of received wisdom, David Waldstreicher has written the first book to recognize slavery's place at the heart of the U.S. Constitution. Famously, the Constitution never mentions slavery. And...


1619

by James Horn Basic Books (October 15, 2018)

The essential history of the extraordinary year in which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand in colonial Virginia.

Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, during an oppressively...


The Half Has Never Been Told

by Edward E. Baptist Basic Books (October 24, 2016)

A groundbreaking, must-read history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of slaves

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution -- the nation's original sin, perhaps,...


Madness Rules the Hour

by Paul Starobin PublicAffairs (April 10, 2017)

From Lincoln's election to secession from the Union, this compelling history explains how South Carolina was swept into a cultural crisis at the heart of the Civil War.

"The tea has been thrown overboard -- the...


No More War

by Dan Kovalik & S. Brian Willson Hot Books (April 14, 2020)

"Kovalik helps cut through the Orwellian lies and dissembling which make so-called 'humanitarian' intervention possible." —Oliver Stone

War is the fount of all the worst human rights violations-including...


'We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident...': An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roots of Racism and Slavery in America

by Kenneth N. Addison UPA (February 16, 2009)

'We hold these truths to be self evident_' An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roots of Racism and Slavery in America delves into the philosophical, historical, socio/cultural and political evolution of racism...


The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa

by John Allembillah Azumah Oneworld Publications (October 01, 2014)

Thoughtful and challenging, this book argues for a reassessment of the role historically played by Islam in Africa, and offers new hope for in creased mutual understanding between African people of different...


Modern Slavery

by Kevin Bales, Zoe Trodd & Alex Kent Williamson Oneworld Publications (April 01, 2011)

Written by the world's leading experts and campaigners, Modern Slavery: A Beginner's Guide blends original research with shocking first-hand accounts from slaves themselves around the world to reveal the truth...


Slavery and Islam

by Jonathan A.C. Brown Oneworld Academic (March 05, 2020)

What happens when authorities you venerate condone something you know is wrong?

Every major religion and philosophy once condoned or approved of slavery, but in modern times nothing is seen as more evil. Americans...


It Wasn't About Slavery

by Samuel W. Mitcham Regnery History (January 14, 2020)

The Great Lie of the Civil War

If you think the Civil War was fought to end slavery, you’ve been duped. 

In fact, as distinguished military historian Samuel Mitcham argues in his provocative new book, It...


Barracoon

by Zora Neale Hurston & Robin Miles HarperAudio (May 08, 2018)

A major literary event: a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true...


Not For Sale

by David Batstone & Michael McIlhonnie HarperAudio (April 14, 2009)

"Human trafficking is not an issue of the left or right, blue states or red states, but a great moral tragedy we can unite to stop . . . Not for Sale is a must-read to see how you can join the fight." --Jim...


Black Fortunes

by Shomari Wills & Ron Butler HarperAudio (January 30, 2018)

The astonishing untold history of America's first black millionaires--former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring...


Sufferings in Africa

by James Riley & Brian Emerson Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

In this classic true adventure story, a young American sea captain named James Riley, shipwrecked off the western coast of North Africa in 1815, is captured by a band of nomadic Arabs and sold into slavery....


Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House

by Elizabeth Keckley & Bobbie Frohman Alcazar AudioWorks (February 20, 2014)

An autobiographical narrative, Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House traces ElizabethKeckley's life from her enslavement in Virginia and North Carolina to her timeas seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln in...


Jump Ship to Freedom

The Half Has Never Been Told

by Edward E. Baptist & Ron Butler Blackstone Publishing (September 09, 2014)

In The Half Has Never Been Told, historian Edward E.Baptist reveals the alarming extent to which slavery shaped our countrypolitically, morally, and most of all, economically. Until the Civil War, ourchief form...


1619

by James Horn & Dan Woren Basic Books (October 16, 2018)

The essential history of the extraordinary year in which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand in colonial Virginia.

Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, during an oppressively...


High John de Conquer

by Zora Neale Hurston Wildside Press (April 24, 2019)

"Maybe, now, we used-to-be black African folks can be of some help to our brothers and sisters who have always been white. You will take another look at us and say that we are still black and, ethnologically...


Why Is the Negro Lynched: An African-American Heritage Book

by Frederick Douglass Wildside Press (April 11, 2019)

"Experience has taught us that it is sometimes wise and necessary to have more than two witnesses to bring out the whole truth. Especially is this the case where one of such witnesses has a powerful motive for...


Stark Mad Abolitionists

by Robert K. Sutton & Bob Dole Skyhorse (August 01, 2017)

A town at the center of the United States becomes the site of an ongoing struggle for freedom and equality.

In May, 1854, Massachusetts was in an uproar. A judge, bound by the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, had...


Work, Social Status, and Gender in Post-Slavery Mauritania

by Katherine Ann Wiley Indiana University Press (September 10, 2018)

1. This book is unique in the marketplace as the author is one of only a very few researchers doing work in Mauritania. It offers In-depth insight into the lives of female slave descendants in Mauritania and...


Virginia 1619

by Paul Musselwhite, Peter C. Mancall & James Horn The University of North Carolina Press (April 23, 2019)

Virginia 1619 provides an opportunity to reflect on the origins of English colonialism around the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic world. As the essays here demonstrate, Anglo-Americans have been simultaneously...


Slave No More

by Aline Helg & Lara Vergnaud The University of North Carolina Press (February 07, 2019)

Commanding a vast historiography of slavery and emancipation, Aline Helg reveals as never before how significant numbers of enslaved Africans across the entire Western Hemisphere managed to free themselves hundreds...


Illusions of Emancipation

by Joseph P. Reidy The University of North Carolina Press (January 15, 2019)

As students of the Civil War have long known, emancipation was not merely a product of Lincoln's proclamation or of Confederate defeat in April 1865. It was a process that required more than legal or military...


Africans in Exile

by Nathan Riley Carpenter & Benjamin N Lawrance Indiana University Press (September 10, 2018)

1. The essays included within this book present the experiences of political exile as fundamental to an understanding of colonial and post-colonial oppression and the history of state power in Africa. They take...


Children of Hope

by Sandra Rowoldt Shell Ohio University Press (August 20, 2018)

In Children of Hope, Sandra Rowoldt Shell traces the lives of sixty-four Oromo children who were enslaved in Ethiopia in the late nineteenth century, liberated by the British navy and ultimately sent to Lovedale...


Christian Slavery

by Katharine Gerbner University of Pennsylvania Press (February 07, 2018)

Could slaves become Christian? If so, did their conversion lead to freedom? If not, then how could perpetual enslavement be justified? In Christian Slavery, Katharine Gerbner contends that religion was fundamental...


Congress and the People’s Contest

by Donald R. Kennon, Paul Finkelman, Mischa Honeck & Fergus M. Bordewich et al. Ohio University Press (February 02, 2018)

The American Civil War was the first military conflict in history to be fought with railroads moving troops and the telegraph connecting civilian leadership to commanders in the field. New developments arose...


1619

by James Horn Basic Books (October 16, 2018)

An extraordinary year in which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand

Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, during an oppressively hot spell in the middle of summer 1619, two events...


The Sources of Anti-Slavery Constitutionalism in America, 1760-1848

by William M. Wiecek Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

This ambitious book examines the constitutional and legal doctrines of the antislavery movement from the eve of the American Revolution to the Wilmot Proviso and the 1848 national elections. Relating political...


The Black Experience in America (18th-20th Century)

by Various SC Active Business Development SRL (November 29, 2017)

A collection of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and speeches about African Americans. Subjects range from late 18th Century epistolary conversations between black Baptist preachers to 1930s testimony by...


Black Rebellion

by Thomas Wentworth Higginson Dancing Unicorn Books (November 29, 2017)

Thomas Wentworth Higginson was an American Unitarian minister, author, abolitionist, and soldier. He was active in the American Abolitionism movement during the 1840s and 1850s, identifying himself with disunion...


Speaking of Slavery

by Steven A. Epstein Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In this highly original work, Steven A. Epstein shows that the ways Italians employ words and think about race and labor are profoundly affected by the language used in medieval Italy to sustain a system of...


A Voice from the South

by Anna Julia Cooper & Janet Neary Dover Publications (May 10, 2016)

A cornerstone of black feminist and political theory, this collection of essays focuses on racial progress and women's rights. A Voice from the South, written in 1892, is regarded as the first statement of black...


Freedom by a Thread

by Flavio Dos Santos Gomes & Joao Jose Reis Diasporic Africa Press (August 12, 2017)

Freedom by a Thread: The History of Quilombos in Brazil brings together some of the best scholars in the world working on the history of quilombos (maroon societies) in Brazil from a variety of perspectives...