African American Voices: A Documentary Reader, 1619-1877 / Edition 4

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A succinct, up-to-date overview of the history of slavery that places American slavery in comparative perspective.

  • Provides students with more than 70 primary documents on the history of slavery in America
  • Includes extensive excerpts from slave narratives, interviews with former slaves, and letters by African Americans that document the experience of bondage
  • Comprehensive headnotes introduce each selection
  • A Visual History chapter provides images to supplement the written documents
  • Includes an extensive bibliography and bibliographic essay
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"African American Voices is a wonderfully conceptualized compilation of first hand testimony on a broad range of topics related to American slavery and slave resistance. It is an enormously valuable contribution."
James Oliver Horton, Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University and Historian Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, co-author of Slavery and the Making of America and co-editor of Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory

"African American Voices represents a remarkably informative, deeply moving, very readable collection of key primary documents on the history of slavery and freedom, thoughtfully assembled and skillfully introduced by master historian Steven Mintz. … Highly recommended!"
James Kirby Martin, Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Houston, and editor of Ordinary Courage (3rd edition, 2008)

"Steven Mintz combines a helpful discussion of slavery in the western world with a collection of writings by or about African Americans. This volume will engage the interest of college students."
Stanley Harrold, South Carolina State University, and co-author (with Darlene Clark Hine and William Hine) of African Americans: A Concise History (3rd edition)

"[A]n extraordinarily well-crafted tool both in the hands of academic teachers and researchers. It sheds a light on all essential aspects of African American history and culture up to the inglorious end of Reconstruction and excels in providing coverage of lesser known facets. With its comprehensive new introduction, it also provides a new perspective on research problems in African American history. … [A] superb publication."
—Norbert Finzsch, University of Cologne, Germany

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Meet the Author

Steven Mintz is Professor of History and Director, American Cultures Program, at the University of Houston. His thirteen books include Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life (1988; co-authored with Susan Kellogg); and a major interpretation of antebellum reform, Moralists & Modernizers: America's Pre-Civil War Reformers (1995). His most recent book, Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood, received the Association of American Publishers R.R. Hawkins Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Book of 2004; the Organization of American Historians 2004 Merle Curti Award for the best book in social history; and the Texas Institute of Letters Carr P. Collins Award for the best non-fiction book of 2004.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 "Death's Gwineter Lay His Cold Icy Hands on Me": Enslavement 40

Ch. 2 "God's A-Gwineter Trouble de Water": The Middle Passage and Arrival 57

Ch. 3 "A Change is Gonna Come": Slavery in the Era of the American Revolution 74

Ch. 4 "We Raise de Wheat, Dey Gib Us de Corn": Conditions of Life 87

Ch. 5 "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen": Visual History of Slavery 98

Ch. 6 "O Mother Don't You Weep": Women, Children, and Families 114

Ch. 7 "Go Home to My Lord and Be Free": Religion 138

Ch. 8 "Oppressed So Hard They Could Not Stand": Punishment 148

Ch. 9 "Let My People Go": Resistance and Flight 157

Ch. 10 "The Walls Came Tumblin' Down": Emancipation 184

Bibliographical Essay 198

Bibliography 204

Index 236

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