Slavery and the Making of America

Paperback | February 15, 2006

byJames Oliver Horton, Lois E. Horton

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The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slavesthemselves. Readers will discover a wide ranging and sharply nuanced look at American slavery, from the first Africans brought to British colonies in the early seventeenth century to the end of Reconstruction. The authors document the horrors of slavery, particularly in the deep South, and describe the slaves'valiant struggles to free themselves from bondage. There are dramatic tales of escape by slaves such as William and Ellen Craft and Dred Scott's doomed attempt to win his freedom through the Supreme Court. We see how slavery engendered violence in our nation, from bloody confrontations that brokeout in American cities over fugitive slaves, to the cataclysm of the Civil War. The book is also filled with stories of remarkable African Americans like Sergeant William H. Carney, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at the crucial assault on Fort Wagner during the Civil War,and Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, a former slave who led freed African Americans to a new life on the American frontier. Filled with absorbing and inspirational accounts highlighted by more than one hundred pictures and illustrations, Slavery and the Making of America is a gripping account of thestruggles of African Americans against the iniquity of slavery.

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The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slavesthemselves. Readers will discover a wide ranging an...

James Oliver Horton is the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University, and Historian Emeritus at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Lois E. Horton is a Professor of History at George Mason University. They are the authors of such classic studies as Black B...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.01 × 9.88 × 0.71 inPublished:February 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195304519

ISBN - 13:9780195304510

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"Brings the appalling history of slavery into an especially clear focus by laying out of a fuller, more detailed historical/cultural timeline."--The Stamford Advocate