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The Empire of Necessity

by Greg Grandin Henry Holt and Co. (January 14, 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...


An Imperfect God

by Henry Wiencek Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 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 02, 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...


The Slaves' Gamble

by Gene Allen Smith St. Martin's Press (January 22, 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...


Slavery's Constitution

by David Waldstreicher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 22, 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...


Slaves in the Family

by Edward Ball Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2017)

Fifteen years after its hardcover debut, the FSG Classics reissue of the celebrated work of narrative nonfiction that won the National Book Award and changed the American conversation about race, with a new...


Abraham Lincoln

by 50 minutes 50Minutes.com (January 30, 2017)

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life of Abraham Lincoln in next to no time with this concise guide.

50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln,...


Escape from Slavery

by Francis Bok & Edward Tivnan St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2007)

In this groundbreaking modern slave narrative, Francis Bok shares his remarkable story with grace, honesty, and a wisdom gained from surviving ten years in captivity.

May, 1986: Selling his mother's eggs and...


Greatest Emancipations

by Jim Powell St. Martin's Press (June 24, 2008)

For thousands of years, slavery went unchallenged in principle. Then in a single century, slavery was abolished and more than seven million slaves were freed. Greatest Emancipation tells this amazing story,...