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Revolution to the Civil War, 1775/1783-1861

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  • Twelve Years a Slaveby Solomon Northup

    HarperCollins Canada 2013; Not Available

    First published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is the narrative of Solomon Northup?s experience as a freeman sold into slavery, having spent twelve years in bondage before finally escaping. Northup?s memoir reveals unimaginable details, detailing the slave markets and horrors of life on a plantation from the perspective of a man who lived more than... more...

  • Revolutionary Medicineby Jeanne E. Abrams

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 69.00

    Before the advent of modern antibiotics, one’s life could be abruptly shattered by contagion and death, and debility from infectious diseases and epidemics was commonplace for early Americans, regardless of social status. Concerns over health affected the founding fathers and their families as it did slaves, merchants, immigrants, and everyone... more...

  • Residence Georgian Plantationby Frances Anne Kemble

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.99

    Fanny Kemble was one of the leading lights of the English theater in the nineteenth century. During a triumphant tour of America, she met and married a wealthy Philadelphian, Pierce Butler, part of whose fortune derived from his family?s vast cotton and rice plantation on the Sea Islands of Georgia. After their marriage, she spent several months (December... more...

  • Incident at the Otterville Stationby John Christgau

    UNP - Nebraska Paperback 2013; US$ 16.95

    While elated Northerners were celebrating victory at Gettysburg and toasting Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator, Missourian Charles W. Walker was rousing his thirteen slaves in the dark of night. In defiance of a standing Union order prohibiting the transfer of slaves among states, he intended to ship his slaves by train to Kentucky, where... more...

  • Fleeing for Freedomby Willene Hendrick; George Hendrick

    Ivan R. Dee 2003; US$ 13.99

    Selected narratives from the two most important contemporary chroniclers of the Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin and William Still. Here are firsthand descriptions of the experiences of escaped slaves making their way to freedom in the North and in Canada in the years before the Civil War. "A colorful yet balanced portrait."?William L. Van Deburg. more...

  • Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic Worldby Daniel L. Schafer

    University Press of Florida 2013; US$ 29.95

    Zephaniah Kingsley is best known for his Fort George Island plantation in Duval County, Florida, now a National Park Service site, and for his 1828 pamphlet, A Treatise on the Patriarchal System of Society , that advocated just and human treatment of slaves, liberal emancipation policies, and granting rights to free persons of color. Paradoxically,... more...

  • Texas and the Mexican Warby Charles M. Robinson

    Texas State Historical Assn Press 2014; US$ 9.95

    Written for both the specialist and the casual reader, Texas and the Mexican War discusses the pivotal role Texas played in the Mexican War, battles fought on Texas soil, and the contributions?for better or sometimes worse?of Texas troops throughout the war. Since the opening of hostilities in 1846, the Mexican War has remained controversial. Author... more...

  • Race and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Ages of Territorial and Market Expansion, 1840-1900by E. Nathaniel Gates

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 175.00

    First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • 12 Years A Slaveby Solomon Northup

    Thunder Bay Press 2014; US$ 4.99

    When Solomon Northup, born a free black man in Saratoga, New York, was offered a short-term job with a circus in Washington, D.C., in 1841, he jumped at the opportunity. But when he arrived, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Finally, with the help of a Canadian abolitionist, he was rescued and reunited with his family in New York.... more...

  • Busy in the Causeby Lowell J. Soike

    UNP - Nebraska Paperback 2014; US$ 30.00

    Despite the immense body of literature about the American Civil War and its causes, the nation?s western involvement in the approaching conflict often gets short shrift. Slavery was the catalyst for fiery rhetoric on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line and fiery conflicts on the western edges of the nation. Driven by questions regarding the place of... more...