Slavery in America

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Infobase Publishing, May 14, 2014 - History - 561 pages
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The history of the enslavement of African Americans in North America stretches from the beginning of European colonization to the end of the Civil War. Slavery in America recounts this history, as well as the Reconstruction period that followed, by examining, chapter by chapter, many of its aspects: the slave catchers and their coffles in Africa, the crowded slave ships, slave auctions, life and labor on plantations, escape attempts and insurrections, and the Civil War and eventual emancipation. This edition also features a new chapter that extends coverage through Reconstruction to 1877 when the last Union troops withdrew from the South, addressing topics such as the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments; the struggle between President Andrew Johnson and the Radical Republicans over the terms of the readmission of the seceding states to the Union and the protection of the freedpeople; the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875; and the ensuing disappointment in the hopes of the freedpeople. New photographs and maps also enhance this new edition. Hundreds of firsthand accounts--from diary entries, letters, speeches, and newspaper accounts--illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. New eyewitness testimonies include John Brown and Frederick Douglass.
 

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Contents

The West Coast of Africa 14411866
1
The Middle Passage 15001866
27
Americans in the Slave Trade 15261865
49
Slave Life 16191865
78
Slave Work 16191865
110
Runaways 16191865
135
Canada Other Refuges and the ColonizationEmigration Movement 15011877
163
Rebels 15261865
191
The End of Slavery 18611877
318
Reconstruction 18651877
346
Documents
395
Biographies of Major Personalities
427
Maps
465
Graphs and Tables
473
Glossary
489
Notes
493

Indians as Slaves as Friends and Enemies of Black Slaves and as Slaveholders 15291877
216
The Argument over Slavery 16371877
248
Black Soldiers in Americas Wars 16351877
287

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