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Revolution to the Civil War, 1775/1783-1861

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  • 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...

  • The Making of a Patriotby Sheila Skemp

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 13.99

    On January 29, 1774, Benjamin Franklin was called to appear before the Privy Council--a select group of the King's advisors--in an octagonal-shaped room in Whitehall Palace known as the Cockpit. Spurred by jeers and applause from the audience in the Cockpit, Solicitor General Alexander Wedderburn unleashed a withering tirade against Franklin. Though... more...

  • The Many Faces of Alexander Hamiltonby Douglas Ambrose; Robert W. T. Martin

    NYU Press 2006; US$ 22.10

    Revolutionary War officer, co-author of the Federalist Papers, our first Treasury Secretary, Thomas Jefferson?s nemesis, and victim of a fatal duel with Aaron Burr: Alexander Hamilton has been the focus of debate from his day to ours. On the one hand, Hamilton was the quintessential Founding Father, playing a central role in every key debate and event... more...

  • The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic Worldby Nathaniel Millett

    University Press of Florida 2013; US$ 74.95

    Nathaniel Millett examines how the Prospect Bluff maroons constructed their freedom, shedding light on the extent to which they could fight physically and intellectually to claim their rights. Millett considers the legacy of the Haitian Revolution, the growing influence of abolitionism, and the period?s changing interpretations of race, freedom, and... more...

  • The Martyrdom of Abolitionist Charles Torreyby E. Fuller Torrey

    LSU Press 2013; US$ 39.95

    During his brief yet remarkable career, abolitionist Charles Torrey -- called the "father of the Underground Railroad" by his peers -- assisted almost four hundred slaves in gaining their freedom. A Yale graduate and an ordained minister, Torrey set up a well-organized route for escaped slaves traveling from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia... more...

  • Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in Americaby Jr. August H. Nimtz

    Lexington Books 2003; US$ 37.99

    While Alexis de Tocqueville described America as the 'absolute democracy,' Karl Marx saw the nation as a 'defiled republic' so long as it permitted the enslavement of blacks. August J. Nimtz argues that Marx, unlike Tocqueville, not only recognized that the overthrow of slavery and the cessation of racial oppression were central to democracy's realization... more...

  • Mastering Slaveryby Jennifer B. Fleischner

    NYU Press 1996; US$ 22.95

    In Mastering Slavery , Fleischner draws upon a range of disciplines, including psychoanalysis, African-American studies, literary theory, social history, and gender studies, to analyze how the slave narratives--in their engagement with one another and with white women's antislavery fiction--yield a far more amplified and complicated notion of familial... more...

  • Memoirs of My Life and Timesby John Charles Fremont

    Cooper Square Press 2001; US$ 26.99

    Civil War general Fremont recounts his early years, when he explored the American West from 1828 to 1846 with Kit Carson. more...

  • Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narrativesby Spencer Crew; Lonnie Bunch; Clement Price

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 48.00

    Today's students understandably have a hard time imagining what life for slaves more than 150 years ago was like. The best way to communicate what slaves experienced is to hear their words directly. The material in this concise single-volume work illuminates the lives of the last living generation of enslaved people in the United States?former slaves... more...

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglassby Frederick Douglass

    Skyhorse Publishing 2014; US$ 9.95

    The story of Frederick Douglass is passionate, harrowing, and inspiring. As a former slave, impassioned abolitionist, gifted writer, newspaper editor, and powerful orator, Douglass was an immense, motivational figure. His early life, filled with physical abuse, deprivation, and tragedy, adds up to a heart-wrenching history. However, he was able to... more...