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The Struggle against Slavery

A History in Documents

David Waldstreicher

Publication Date - January 2002

ISBN: 9780195108507

176 pages
Hardcover
8 x 10 inches

Retail Price to Students: $84.99

A history of slavery in America told through documents, from slave ships to plantations to freedom

Description

From slave ships to plantations to freedom, The Struggle Against Slavery traces the remarkable history of the heroic fight to end slavery, from its North American beginnings in the early 1600s to its violent demise in the mid-1800s with the Civil War. Captured in their own words from transcripts, diaries, memoirs, newspaper clippings, drawings, and other documents are the stories of how slaves and free blacks fought against the dehumanization of slavery by developing anti-racist arguments, creating their own institutions, physically escaping, and fighting with weapons. An exceptional social, political, and cultural history of the period, The Struggle Against Slavery is filled with stirring tales of survival and strength, bringing to life the African-American experience in early America.

Features

  • Filled with stirring tales of survival and strength, bringing to life the African-American experience in early America
  • Includes transcripts, diaries, memoirs, newspaper clippings, drawings, and other documents are the stories of how slaves and free blacks fought against the dehumanization of slavery by developing anti-racist arguments
  • An exceptional social, political, and cultural history of the period

About the Author(s)

David Waldstreicher is Association Professor of History at Temple University. His recent works include Runaway America : Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution (Hill and Wang, 2004) and The Envisioning America and Notes on the State of Virginia and Confessions of: Nat Turner (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002).

Reviews

"This is a book we've been waiting for, for a long time....Outstanding....Well annotated with wonderful black and white reproductions of art....Children will be fascinated with the letters reproduced...they give a very now feeling to history."--Teaching K-8

"This excellent series entry brings together hundreds of primary documents to tell the history of slavery....The illustrations are carefully chosen to match the text and add a great deal to readers' understanding....A valuable resource for students and for teachers."--School Library Journal

"Each entry is placed in context with a good introduction. Well-captioned reproductions of period documents, photos, engravings, posters, prints, and other artifacts appear throughout the book. With the increasing emphasis on students' learning to interpret primary sources for historical research, this will be a useful addition to many library collections."--Booklist

Table of Contents

    What is a Document?
    How to Read a Document
    Introduction: Vanguards of Freedom

    Chapter One: The Making of American Slavery


    Capture and Transport
    Early Resistance
    Slaves' Lives in the Colonies
    Rebels and Runaways

    Chapter Two: The African-American Revolution

    Liberty For All?
    Lord Dunmore and the Promise of Freedom
    The Declaration of Independence and the Question of Slavery
    Revolutionary Soldiers
    Equality Disputed
    Revolutionary Ideals

    Chapter Three: Forging Freedom and Fighting Slavery in the North

    First Steps to Freedom
    An End to the Slave Trade
    Opponents to Colonization
    Free Blacks Speak Out
    Another Independence Day
    The Call for Civil Rights

    Chapter Four: Picture Essay: Slavery and Freedom: Dressing the Part

    Chapter Five: The Continual Struggle: Southern Slaves and Masters


    Private and Public Rebellion
    Disobedience and Discipline
    Subversion, Suffering, and Escape

    Chapter Six: The Second American Revolution and the End of Slavery

    Justified Rebellion
    A Welcome War
    Emancipation
    Liberation

    Timeline
    Further Reading
    Text Credits
    Picture Credits
    Index

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