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Slavery and Reform in West Africa: Toward Emancipation in Nineteenth-Century Senegal and the Gold Coast

by Trevor R. Getz Ohio University Press (April 20, 2004)

A series of transformations, reforms, and attempted abolitions of slavery form a core narrative of nineteenth-century coastal West Africa. As the region's role in Atlantic commercial networks underwent a gradual...

Historical Dictionary of Slavery and Abolition

by Martin A. Klein Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 04, 2014)

This second edition relates the long and brutal history of slavery and the struggle for abolition using several key features:

  • Chronology
  • Introductory essay
  • Appendixes
  • Bibliography
  • Over 500 cross-referenced entries...

The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865

by James J. Gigantino II University of Pennsylvania Press (September 15, 2014)

James J. Gigantino II shatters the easy dichotomy between free and slave states in early America. The Ragged Road to Abolition illustrates how slavery in New Jersey persisted until the ratification of the Thirteenth...

The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade

by Barbara L. Solow & Dale Tomich Lexington Books (May 27, 2014)

The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade places the sugar/slave/plantation complex of the British West Indies at the center of the Atlantic trading system, uniting the economies of western Europe,...

Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day Slave Narratives

by Laura T. Murphy Columbia University Press (March 25, 2014)

Slavery is not a crime confined to the far reaches of history. It is an injustice that continues to entrap twenty-seven million people across the globe. Laura Murphy offers close to forty survivor narratives...

My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Born a slave, Douglass became outspoken force in antislavery movement. The best of Douglass's autobiographies. Graphic description of slave life.

Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup, Dean King & Vera J. Williams Skyhorse (November 19, 2013)

The incredible true story of the kidnapping, enslavement, and rescue of Solomon Northup in the era before the Civil War—now a major motion picture!

In 1841, Solomon Northup was a free man living in Saratoga...

From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery

by Alison Brysk & Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick University of Pennsylvania Press (January 31, 2012)

In this volume a cast of experts demonstrates that it is time to recognize human trafficking as an issue of human rights and social justice, rooted in larger structural issues relating to the global economy,...

The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870

by Hugh Thomas Simon & Schuster (April 16, 2013)

After many years of research, award-winning historian Hugh Thomas portrays, in a balanced account, the complete history of the slave trade. Beginning with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, he describes...

Agency of the Enslaved: Jamaica and the Culture of Freedom in the Atlantic World

by D. A. Dunkley Lexington Books (December 07, 2012)

In this book, author D.A. Dunkley challenges the notion that enslavement fostered the culture of freedom in the former colonies of Western Europe in the Americas. Dunkley explores the importance of the agency...

'We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident...': An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roots of Racism and Slavery in America

by Kenneth N. Addison UPA (February 16, 2009)

'We hold these truths to be self evident_' An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roots of Racism and Slavery in America delves into the philosophical, historical, socio/cultural and political evolution of racism...

High John de Conquer

by Zora Neale Hurston Wildside Press (April 24, 2019)

"Maybe, now, we used-to-be black African folks can be of some help to our brothers and sisters who have always been white. You will take another look at us and say that we are still black and, ethnologically...

Why Is the Negro Lynched: An African-American Heritage Book

by Frederick Douglass Wildside Press (April 11, 2019)

"Experience has taught us that it is sometimes wise and necessary to have more than two witnesses to bring out the whole truth. Especially is this the case where one of such witnesses has a powerful motive for...

Stark Mad Abolitionists

by Robert K. Sutton & Bob Dole Skyhorse (August 01, 2017)

A town at the center of the United States becomes the site of an ongoing struggle for freedom and equality.

In May, 1854, Massachusetts was in an uproar. A judge, bound by the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, had...

Work, Social Status, and Gender in Post-Slavery Mauritania

by Katherine Ann Wiley Indiana University Press (September 10, 2018)

1. This book is unique in the marketplace as the author is one of only a very few researchers doing work in Mauritania. It offers In-depth insight into the lives of female slave descendants in Mauritania and...

Virginia 1619

by Paul Musselwhite, Peter C. Mancall & James Horn The University of North Carolina Press (April 23, 2019)

Virginia 1619 provides an opportunity to reflect on the origins of English colonialism around the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic world. As the essays here demonstrate, Anglo-Americans have been simultaneously...

Slave No More

by Aline Helg & Lara Vergnaud The University of North Carolina Press (February 07, 2019)

Commanding a vast historiography of slavery and emancipation, Aline Helg reveals as never before how significant numbers of enslaved Africans across the entire Western Hemisphere managed to free themselves hundreds...

Illusions of Emancipation

by Joseph P. Reidy The University of North Carolina Press (January 15, 2019)

As students of the Civil War have long known, emancipation was not merely a product of Lincoln's proclamation or of Confederate defeat in April 1865. It was a process that required more than legal or military...

Africans in Exile

by Nathan Riley Carpenter & Benjamin N Lawrance Indiana University Press (September 10, 2018)

1. The essays included within this book present the experiences of political exile as fundamental to an understanding of colonial and post-colonial oppression and the history of state power in Africa. They take...

Children of Hope

by Sandra Rowoldt Shell Ohio University Press (August 20, 2018)

In Children of Hope, Sandra Rowoldt Shell traces the lives of sixty-four Oromo children who were enslaved in Ethiopia in the late nineteenth century, liberated by the British navy and ultimately sent to Lovedale...

Christian Slavery

by Katharine Gerbner University of Pennsylvania Press (February 07, 2018)

Could slaves become Christian? If so, did their conversion lead to freedom? If not, then how could perpetual enslavement be justified? In Christian Slavery, Katharine Gerbner contends that religion was fundamental...

Congress and the People’s Contest

by Donald R. Kennon, Paul Finkelman, Mischa Honeck & Fergus M. Bordewich et al. Ohio University Press (February 02, 2018)

The American Civil War was the first military conflict in history to be fought with railroads moving troops and the telegraph connecting civilian leadership to commanders in the field. New developments arose...


by James Horn Basic Books (October 16, 2018)

An extraordinary year in which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand

Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, during an oppressively hot spell in the middle of summer 1619, two events...

The Sources of Anti-Slavery Constitutionalism in America, 1760-1848

by William M. Wiecek Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

This ambitious book examines the constitutional and legal doctrines of the antislavery movement from the eve of the American Revolution to the Wilmot Proviso and the 1848 national elections. Relating political...

The Black Experience in America (18th-20th Century)

by Various SC Active Business Development SRL (November 29, 2017)

A collection of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and speeches about African Americans. Subjects range from late 18th Century epistolary conversations between black Baptist preachers to 1930s testimony by...

Black Rebellion

by Thomas Wentworth Higginson Dancing Unicorn Books (November 29, 2017)

Thomas Wentworth Higginson was an American Unitarian minister, author, abolitionist, and soldier. He was active in the American Abolitionism movement during the 1840s and 1850s, identifying himself with disunion...

Speaking of Slavery

by Steven A. Epstein Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In this highly original work, Steven A. Epstein shows that the ways Italians employ words and think about race and labor are profoundly affected by the language used in medieval Italy to sustain a system of...

A Voice from the South

by Anna Julia Cooper & Janet Neary Dover Publications (May 10, 2016)

A cornerstone of black feminist and political theory, this collection of essays focuses on racial progress and women's rights. A Voice from the South, written in 1892, is regarded as the first statement of black...

Freedom by a Thread

by Flavio Dos Santos Gomes & Joao Jose Reis Diasporic Africa Press (August 12, 2017)

Freedom by a Thread: The History of Quilombos in Brazil brings together some of the best scholars in the world working on the history of quilombos (maroon societies) in Brazil from a variety of perspectives...

The Ox and the Slave

by Kazadi wa Mukuna Diasporic Africa Press (August 12, 2017)

This interdisciplinary study sheds light on the communal creative process of music and discusses the process of music change in Bumba-meu-Boi, and provides an example of exo-semantic analysis in the quest for...

They Did All the Dirty Work in Ancient Greece: Slaves and Soldiers - Ancient History Illustrated | Children's Ancient History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (June 15, 2017)

Think of the ancient Greek society like a ladder. The bottom steps are always the slaves and the soldiers while the high steps are the aristocrats. The slaves and the soldiers lived pitiful lives doing all the...

Black Women in Brazil in Slavery and Post-Emancipation

by Giovana Xavier, Flavio Gomes & Juliana Barreto Farias Diasporic Africa Press (August 12, 2017)

This collection of essays brings together leading experts on the history of Black women in Brazil and newly expands what we know about the subject. The essays take us through cities, plantations, and mining...

Making a Slave State

by Ryan A. Quintana The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2018)

How is the state produced? In what ways did enslaved African Americans shape modern governing practices? Ryan A. Quintana provocatively answers these questions by focusing on the everyday production of South...

The Trouble with Minna

by Hendrik Hartog The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2018)

In this intriguing book, Hendrik Hartog uses a forgotten 1840 case to explore the regime of gradual emancipation that took place in New Jersey over the first half of the nineteenth century. In Minna's case,...

Practical Liberators

by Kristopher A. Teters The University of North Carolina Press (April 24, 2018)

During the first fifteen months of the Civil War, the policies and attitudes of Union officers toward emancipation in the western theater were, at best, inconsistent and fraught with internal strains. But after...

The Loyal Republic

by Erik Mathisen The University of North Carolina Press (March 13, 2018)

This is the story of how Americans attempted to define what it meant to be a citizen of the United States, at a moment of fracture in the republic's history. As Erik Mathisen demonstrates, prior to the Civil...

Sex Trafficking

by Siddharth Kara Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Since the publication of Sex Trafficking in 2007, Siddharth Kara has continued to travel across countries and continents, documenting the local factors and economic forces that support sexual slavery worldwide....

Disowning Slavery

by Joanne Pope Melish Cornell University Press (November 30, 2000)

Following the abolition of slavery in New England, white citizens seemed to forget that it had ever existed there. Drawing on a wide array of primary sources—from slaveowners' diaries to children's daybooks...


by Robin Law Ohio University Press (October 25, 2005)

Ouidah, an African town in the Republic of Benin, was the principal precolonial commercial center of its region and the second-most-important town of the Dahomey kingdom. It served as a major outlet for the...

From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family

by James H. Johnston Fordham University Press (May 14, 2012)

A true story of six generations of an African American family in Maryland. Based on paintings, photographs, books, diaries, court records, legal documents, and oral histories, the book traces Yarrow Mamout and...

The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

by Rebecca Shumway University of Rochester Press (October 15, 2011)

The history of Ghana attracts popular interest out of proportion to its small size and marginal importance to the global economy. Ghana is the land of Kwame Nkrumah and the Pan-Africanist movement ofthe 1960s;...

Impossible is a Dare: Fighting for a world free from slavery

by Ben Cooley SPCK (July 20, 2017)

Ben Cooley was just 26 years old when he booked Birmingham's NEC Arena. He didn't have the first idea about putting on a major event. He didn't have a strategy, he didn't have the funds. But he did a have vision;...

Fugitive Rousseau: Slavery, Primitivism, and Political Freedom

by Jimmy Casas Klausen Fordham University Press (March 03, 2014)

Fugitive Rousseau explores slavery and primitivism in Rousseau's political writings by contextualizing them in modern European empire and Roman imperial philosophy. Fugitive Rousseau argues against seeing Rousseau...

Slave Owners of West Africa

by Sandra E. Greene Indiana University Press (May 22, 2017)

In this groundbreaking book, Sandra E. Greene explores the lives of three prominent West African slave owners during the age of abolition. These first-published biographies reveal personal and political accomplishments...

Moral Commerce

by Julie L. Holcomb Cornell University Press (August 23, 2016)

How can the simple choice of a men's suit be a moral statement and a political act? When the suit is made of free-labor wool rather than slave-grown cotton. In Moral Commerce, Julie L. Holcomb traces the genealogy...

Brethren by Nature

by Margaret Ellen Newell Cornell University Press (June 16, 2015)

In Brethren by Nature, Margaret Ellen Newell reveals a little-known aspect of American history: English colonists in New England enslaved thousands of Indians. Massachusetts became the first English colony...

Northern Men with Southern Loyalties

by Michael Todd Landis Cornell University Press (October 29, 2014)

In the decade before the Civil War, Northern Democrats, although they ostensibly represented antislavery and free-state constituencies, made possible the passage of such proslavery legislation as the Compromise...

Freedom Burning

by Richard Huzzey Cornell University Press

After Britain abolished slavery throughout most of its empire in 1834, Victorians adopted a creed of "anti-slavery" as a vital part of their national identity and sense of moral superiority to other civilizations....

To Plead Our Own Cause

by Kevin Bales & Zoe Trodd Cornell University Press (December 15, 2010)

Boys strapped to carpet looms in India, women trafficked into sex slavery across Europe, children born into bondage in Mauritania, and migrants imprisoned at gunpoint in the United States are just a few of the...

Sugar, Sugar:

by Lainy Malkani HopeRoad (May 25, 2017)

Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers is a contemporary collection of short stories based on facts which reveals a rich and culturally diverse history behind India’s migrant workers and one of...