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Freedoms Soldiers: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War

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When nearly 200,000 black men, most of them former slaves, entered the Union army and navy, they transformed the Civil War into a struggle for liberty and changed the course of American history. Freedom's Soldiers tells the story of those men in their own words…
The Making Of African America: The Four Great Migrations

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An award-winning historian's sweeping new interpretation of the African American experience. In this masterful account, Ira Berlin, one of the nation's most distinguished historians, offers a revolutionary-and sure to be controversial-new view of African…
The Slaves' Economy: Independent Production By Slaves In The Americas
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|March 1, 1995

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Slaves achieved a degree of economic independence, producing food, tending cash crops, raising livestock, manufacturing furnished goods, marketing their own products, consuming and saving the proceeds and bequeathing property to their descendants. The editors of…
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

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Today most Americans, black and white, identify slavery with cotton, the deep South, and the African-American church. But at the beginning of the nineteenth century, after almost two hundred years of African-American life in mainland North America, few slaves…
The Long Emancipation: The Demise Of Slavery In The United States
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|September 15, 2015

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Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves
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|September 30, 2004

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Ira Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its fiery demise nearly three hundred years later. Most Americans, black and white, have a singular vision of slavery, one fixed in…
Free At Last: A Documentary History Of Slavery, Freedom, And The Civil War

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"Free at Last" brings together some of the most remarkable letters ever written by Americans. Made affordable and widely available for the first time, these letters, along with personal testimony, official transcripts, and other records, are drawn from the…
12 Years a Slave (Movie Tie-In)
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|September 4, 2013

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The official movie tie-in edition to the winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o, and directed by Steve McQueen New York Times bestseller “I could not believe that I had never heard of…
Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom
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|July 26, 2011

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"A Best Book of the Year" — Library Journal and Booklist Using excerpts from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the 1930s by researchers working with the Federal Writer's Project, this astonishing collection makes available in print the only…