Slavery and the Making of America
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Slavery and the Making of America by James Oliver Horton
Book DescriptionThe history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slaves themselves. Readers will discover a wide ranging and sharply nuanced look at American slavery, from the first Africans brought to British colonies in the early seventeenth century to the end of Reconstruction. The authors document the horrors of slavery, particularly in the deep South, and describe the slaves' valiant struggles to free themselves from bondage. There are dramatic tales of escape by slaves such as William and Ellen Craft and Dred Scott's doomed attempt to win his freedom through the Supreme Court. We see how slavery engendered violence in our nation, from bloody confrontations that broke out in American cities over fugitive slaves, to the cataclysm of the Civil War. The book is also filled with stories of remarkable African Americans like Sergeant William H. Carney, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at the crucial assault on Fort Wagner during the Civil War, and Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, a former slave who led freed African Americans to a new life on the American frontier. Filled with absorbing and inspirational accounts highlighted by more than one hundred pictures and illustrations, Slavery and the Making of America is a gripping account of the struggles of African Americans against the iniquity of slavery.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195179033
(254mm x 203mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James Oliver Horton
Slavery and Public Memory, Hardback (May 2006)
Looks at the controversies surrounding the interpretation of slavery's history in the public arena. This book takes on contemporary reactions to the fundamental contradiction of American history, and offers an analysis of how people remember their past, and how the lessons they draw influence American politics and culture.
Slavery and the Making of America, Paperback (February 2006)
Paperback edition of the companion to the four-part PBS series on the history of American slavery which aired February 2005.
In Hope of Liberty, Paperback (April 1998)» View all books by James Oliver Horton
Covering the colonial period to the Civil War and spanning all of the northern United States, this text documents the antebellum northern black experience. It demonstrates the central role of the black community in successfully managing the tensions born of assimilation and cultural difference.
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Author Biography - James Oliver Horton
James Oliver Horton is the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies & History at George Washington University, and Historian Emeritus at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Lois E. Horton is a Professor of History at George Mason University. They are the authors of such classic studies as Black Bostonians: Family Life and Community Struggle in the Antebellum North, In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Community and Protest Among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860, and Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America.
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