Slavery, Resistance, Freedom by Gabor S. BorittSlavery, Resistance, Freedom by Gabor S. Boritt

Slavery, Resistance, Freedom

byGabor S. Boritt, Scott Hancock

Paperback | June 1, 2009

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This extraordinary collection of essays by some of America's top historians focuses on how African Americans resisted slavery and responded to freedom. Ira Berlin sets the stage by stressing the relationship between how we understand slavery and how we discuss race today. The remaining essaysoffer a richly textured examination of black struggles for freedom. John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger recount actual cases of runaway slaves, their motivations for escape and the strains this widespread phenomenon put on white slave-owners. Edward L. Ayers, William G. Thomas III, and AnneSarah Rubin draw upon their remarkable Valley of the Shadow website to describe the wartime experiences of African Americans living on both borders of the Mason-Dixon line. And Eric Foner gives us a new look at how black leaders performed during the Reconstruction, revealing that they represented,for a time, the fulfillment of the American ideal that all people could aspire to political office.
Gabor S. Boritt is Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Scott Hancock is Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College.
Title:Slavery, Resistance, FreedomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. American Slavery in History and Memory2. The Quest for Freedom: Runaway Slaves and the Plantation South3. "Tradition Informs Us": African Americans' Construction of Memory in the Antebellum North4. Black and on the Border5. A Stranger in the Club: The Army of the Potomac's Black Division6. "The Tocsin of Freedom": The Black Leadership of Radical ReconstructionNotesContributors