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Slavery in the United States. Antislavery movements

  • Weird John Brownby Ted A. Smith

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 22.95

    Conventional wisdom holds that attempts to combine religion and politics will produce unlimited violence. Concepts such as jihad, crusade, and sacrifice need to be rooted out, the story goes, for the sake of more bounded and secular understandings of violence. Ted Smith upends this dominant view, drawing on Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, and others... more...

  • Douglass in His Own Timeby John Ernest

    University of Iowa Press 2014; US$ 37.50

    One of the most incredible stories in American history is that of Frederick Douglass, the man who escaped from slavery and rose to become one of the most celebrated and eloquent orators, writers, and public figures in the world. He first committed his story to writing in his 1845 autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American... more...

  • America 1844by John Bicknell

    Chicago Review Press 2014; US$ 21.99

    The year 1844 saw a momentous presidential election, religious turmoil, westward expansion, and numerous other interwoven events that profoundly affected the U.S. as a nation. Author and journalist John Bicknell details these compelling events in this unusual history book. He explains how the election of James K. Polk assured the expansion that brought... more...

  • The Struggle for Equalityby James M. McPherson; James M. McPherson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    Originally published in 1964, The Struggle for Equality presents an incisive and vivid look at the abolitionist movement and the legal basis it provided to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Pulitzer Prize?winning historian James McPherson explores the role played by rights activists during and after the Civil War, and their evolution from... more...

  • The Logbooksby Anne Farrow

    Wesleyan University Press 2014; US$ 21.99

    Three long-neglected logbooks from Connecticut?s slave trade raise questions about memory and collective forgetting more...

  • Abolitionist Geographiesby Martha Schoolman

    University of Minnesota Press 2014; US$ 75.00

    Traditional narratives of the period leading up to the Civil War are invariably framed in geographical terms. The sectional descriptors of the North, South, and West, like the wartime categories of Union, Confederacy, and border states, mean little without reference to a map of the United States. In Abolitionist Geographies , Martha Schoolman contends... more...

  • American Abolitionistsby Stanley Harrold

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 42.99

    This book, the latest in the Seminar Studies in History series, examines the movement to abolish slavery in the US, from the origins of the movement in the eighteenth century through to the Civil War and the abolition of slavery in 1865. Books in this Seminar Studies in History series bridge the gap between textbook and specialist survey and consists... more...

  • The Half Has Never Been Toldby Edward E. Baptist

    Basic Books 2014; US$ 35.00

    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 later success. But while we have long since rejected the idealistic depiction of happy slaves and paternalistic masters, we have not yet begun... more...

  • Against Wind and Tideby Ousmane Power-Greene

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 52.50

    Against Wind and Tide tells the story of African American’s battle against the American Colonization Society (ACS), founded in 1816 with the intention to return free blacks to its colony Liberia. Although ACS members considered free black colonization in Africa a benevolent enterprise, most black leaders rejected the ACS, fearing that the organization... more...

  • The Making of an Abolitionistby Denis Brennan

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 35.00

    William Lloyd Garrison's life as an abolitionist and advocate for social change was dependent on his training as a printer, the one constant in his life. None who have studied Garrison can ignore his editorship of The Liberator but many have not fully understood his belief in the central role of a well-edited newspaper in the maintenance of a healthy... more...