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

by Trevor R. Getz

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

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

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...


Ourika : This Is to Be Alone, This, This, Is Solitude!

by Lord Byron

Ourika is a delightful tale set in France during the French Revolution. George Gordon Byron (1788–1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement....


The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade

by Barbara L. Solow & Dale Tomich

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,...


My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass

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


From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery

by Alison Brysk & Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

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,...


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

by D. A. Dunkley

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

'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...


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup

In 1841, African American Solomon Northup, a free man, is kidnapped and forced into slavery under the name 'Platt' for 12 years. He faces the hardships of being a slave under the hands of a few different slave owners....


Dick Sands the Boy Captain

by Jules Verne

In 1878 appeared Dick Sands, the epic of the slave trade. This picture of the wilds of Africa, its adventures and its dangers, the savage hunting both of beasts and men, has always been a favorite among Verne's...


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

by Frederick Douglass

"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...


Behind the Scenes or, Thirty years a slave, and Four Years in the White House

by Elizabeth Keckley

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Former slave who became a successful seamstress, civil activist, and author, Elizabeth Keckley was the personal dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln. She was also her best friend and confidante....


The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African Written By Himself

by Olaudah Equiano

Slave narratives are powerful indictments of the horrors of slavery and oppression, invaluable not only for the stories they tell but also for the consistently high quality of their literary style. This book...


The White Witch of Rosehall

by Herbert G. de Lisser

A very striking and curious story, founded on fact, of the West Indies of the earlty nineteenth century. Robert Rutherford is sent to the Islands to learn the planter`s business from the bottom. He becomes an...


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

by Katherine Ann Wiley

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...


Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity

by M. Lindsay Kaplan

In Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity, M. Lindsay Kaplan expands the study of the history of racism through an analysis of the Christian concept of Jewish hereditary inferiority. Imagined as a figural...


Virginia 1619

by Paul Musselwhite, Peter C. Mancall & James Horn

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

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

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...