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Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery, 1660-1850

by Chris Evans

Atlantic slavery does not loom large in the traditional telling of Welsh history. Yet Wales, like many regions of Europe, was deeply affected by the forced migration of captive Africans. This book looks at Slave...


All Eyes are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn

by Jason Sokol

From the 19th century, when northern cities were home to strong abolitionist communities and served as a counterpoint to the slaveholding South, through the first half of the 20th century, when the North became...


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup

In 1841, free-born African American Solomon Northup was offered a job in his hometown of Saratoga Springs, New York. He followed his employers to the job site at Washington, D.C., where he was beaten, drugged,...


Modern Slavery: A Beginner's Guide

by Kevin Bales, Zoe Trodd & Alex Kent Williamson

There are 27 million slaves alive today - more than at any point in history. Written by the world’s leading experts, this shocking examination combines original research with first-hand stories from the slaves...


The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

by Edward E. Baptist

Americans tend to assume that modern historiography has produced a full and complete understanding of slavery in the United States, as a shameful pre-modern institution, existing in isolation from America’s...


Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa

by Catherine Higgs

In Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa, Catherine Higgs traces the early-twentieth-century journey of the Englishman Joseph Burtt to the Portuguese colony of São Tomé and Príncipe-the chocolate...


The Black Holocaust for Beginners

by S.E. Anderson

Virtually anyone, anywhere knows that six million Jewish human beings were killed in the Jewish Holocaust. But how many African human beings were killed in the Black Holocaust – from the start of the European...


The Theologian Slave Trader

by Christiana Oware Knudsen

A Personal commentary on Fredericus Svane Africanus' autobiography The Theologian Slave Trader explores the life of Fredericus Petersen, a mulatto adopted in 1710 by a Danish Lutheran Priest at Christiansborg...


New Black Studies Series

by Mary E. Frederickson & Delores M. Walters

Global and transhistorical perspectives on women's resistance to slavery


The Little Immigrants: The Orphans Who Came to Canada

by Kenneth Bagnell

The story of the 100,000 impoverished children who travelled from the British Isles to Canada to solve the farm labour shortage.


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.


The Empire of Necessity

by Greg Grandin

From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America's struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyond

One morning in 1805, off...


Indian Ocean Slavery in the Age of Abolition

by Robert W. Harms & Bernard K. Freamon

While the British were able to accomplish abolition in the trans-Atlantic world by the end of the nineteenth century, their efforts paradoxically caused a great increase in legal and illegal slave trading in...


Uncle Tom's Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's Cabin is a hugely influential story written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist. Stowe featured the character of Uncle Tom,...


Maroon Societies: Rebel Slave Communities in the America

by Richard Price

Maroon Societies is a systematic study of the communities formed by escaped slaves in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States. These societies ranged from small bands that survived less than a year...


An Imperfect God

by Henry Wiencek

An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free;...


The Imperfect Revolution: Anthony Burns and the Landscape of Race in Antebellum America

by Gordon S. Barker

On June 2, 1854, crowds lined the streets of Boston, hissing and shouting at federal authorities as they escorted the fugitive slave Anthony Burns to the ship that would return him to his slaveholders in Virginia....


Bonded Labour and Debt in the Indian Ocean World

by Gwyn Campbell & Alessandro Stanziani

This volume of essays contains case studies of debt bondage covering the impact of an expanding globalized economy, increased commercialization, colonial and post-colonial societies, and emerging economies.


Slavery, Memory and Identity: National Representations and Global Legacies

by Douglas Hamilton, Kate Hodgson & Joel Quirk

This is the first book to explore national representations of slavery in an international comparative perspective. Contributions span a wide geographical range, covering Europe, North America, West and South...


Free At Last!: The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire

by Teresa Ramsby & Sinclair Bell

How did freed slaves reinvent themselves after the shackles of slavery had been lifted? How were they reintegrated into society, and what was their social position and status? What contributions did they make...