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Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

by Manisha Sinha

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|February 21, 2017

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Winner of the 2017 Frederick Douglass Prize A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War Received historical wisdom…
Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina
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In this comprehensive analysis of politics and ideology in antebellum South Carolina, Manisha Sinha offers a provocative new look at the roots of southern separatism and the causes of the Civil War. Challenging works that portray secession as a fight for white…
Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson
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In 1834 Virgil Stewart rode from western Tennessee to a territory known as the "Arkansas morass" in pursuit of John Murrell, a thief accused of stealing two slaves. Stewart's adventure led to a sensational trial and a wildly popular published account that would…
Race Capitalism Justice

Race Capitalism Justice

by Walter Johnson

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|October 20, 2017

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Race Capitalism Justice urges us to embrace a vision of justice attentive to the history of slavery not through the lens of human rights, but instead through an honest accounting of how slavery was the foundation of capitalism, a legacy that continues to afflict…
Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865

Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865

by Patrick Rael

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|August 15, 2015

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Why did it take so long to end slavery in the United States, and what did it mean that the nation existed eighty-eight years as a ?house divided against itself,? as Abraham Lincoln put it? The decline of slavery throughout the Atlantic world was a protracted…
Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance
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From 1798 to 1801, during the Haitian Revolution, President John Adams and Toussaint Louverture forged diplomatic relations that empowered white Americans to embrace freedom and independence for people of color in Saint-Domingue. The United States supported the…
Almost Free: A Story about Family and Race in Antebellum Virginia
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In Almost Free , Eva Sheppard Wolf uses the story of Samuel Johnson, a free black man from Virginia attempting to free his family, to add detail and depth to our understanding of the lives of free blacks in the South. There were several paths to freedom for…
Missing Links: The African and American Worlds of R. L. Garner, Primate Collector
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Jeremy Rich uses the eccentric life of R. L. Garner (1848-1920) to examine the commercial networks that brought the first apes to America during the Progressive Era, a critical time in the development of ideas about African wildlife, race, and evolution. Garner…
Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834-1866

Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834-1866

by Gale L. Kenny

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|December 1, 2011

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The Oberlin College mission to Jamaica, begun in the 1830s, was an ambitious, and ultimately troubled, effort to use the example of emancipation in the British West Indies to advance the domestic agenda of American abolitionists. White Americans hoped to argue…
American Dreams of John B. Prentis, Slave Trader
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As a young man, John B. Prentis (1788-1848) expressed outrage over slavery, but by the end of his life he had transported thousands of enslaved persons from the upper to the lower South. Kari J. Winter's life-and-times portrayal of a slave trader illuminates the…
We Are the Revolutionists: German-Speaking Immigrants and American Abolitionists after 1848
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Widely remembered as a time of heated debate over the westward expansion of slavery, the 1850s in the United States was also a period of mass immigration. As the sectional conflict escalated, discontented Europeans came in record numbers, further dividing the…
Christian Ritual and the Creation of British Slave Societies, 1650-1780
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This study offers a new and challenging look at Christian institutions and practices in Britain’s Caribbean and southern American colonies. Focusing on the plantation societies of Barbados, Jamaica, and South Carolina, Nicholas M. Beasley finds that the…
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