From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans / Edition 8

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This is the dramatic, exciting, authoritative story of the experiences of African Americans from the time they left Africa to their continued struggle for equality at the end of the twentieth century.

Since its original publication in 1947, From Slavery to Freedom has stood as the definitive his-tory of African Americans. Coauthors John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss, Jr., give us a vividly detailed account of the journey of African Americans from their origins in the civilizations of Africa, through their years of slavery in the New World, to the successful struggle for freedom and its aftermath in the West Indies, Latin America, and the United States.

This eighth edition has been revised to include expanded coverage of Africa; additional material in every chapter on the history and current situation of African Americans in the United States; new charts, maps, and black-and-white illustrations; and a third four-page color insert. The authors incorporate recent scholarship to examine slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the period between World War I and World War II (including the Harlem Renaissance).

From Slavery to Freedom describes the rise of slavery, the interaction of European and African cultures in the New World, and the emergence of a distinct culture and way of life among slaves and free blacks. The authors examine the role of blacks in the nation's wars, the rise of an articulate, restless free black community by the end of the eighteenth century, and the growing resistance to slavery among an expanding segment of the black population.

The book deals in considerable detail with the period after slavery, including the arduous struggle for first-class citizenship that has extended into the twentieth century. Many developments in recent African American history are examined, including demographic change; educational efforts; literary and cultural changes; problems in housing, health, juvenile matters, and poverty; the expansion of the black middle class; and the persistence of discrimination in the administration of justice.

All who are interested in African Americans' continuing quest for equality will find a wealth of information based on the recent findings of many scholars. Professors Franklin and Moss have captured the tragedies and triumphs, the hurts and joys, the failures and successes, of blacks in a lively and readable volume that remains the most authoritative and comprehensive book of its kind.

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Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Yardley
One has to read between the lines, and is left to guess at the man within. But he has been, in the best and deepest sense of the phrase, a genuinely public-spirited citizen, urging his country to do its best by all his fellow citizens and helping his country move in that direction. If his life is indeed a mirror to America, then it is more to an America to which we should aspire than to the America we actually are.
— The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375406713
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/14/2000
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hope Franklin is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus at Duke University, and was for seven years Professor of Legal History at Duke University Law School. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Charles Frankel Award. He is the author of many books on African-American history, including The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-first Century (1993) and Race and History (1989).

Alfred A. Moss, Jr., is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of The American Negro Academy: Voice of the Talented Tenth (1981) and of numerous articles, coauthor of Looking at History (1986), and coeditor of The Facts of Reconstruction: Essays in Honor of John Hope Franklin (1991).

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Table of Contents

Visual Features
A Note to the Instructors about Supplements
About the Authors
1 Land of Their Ancestors 1
2 The African Way of Life 15
3 The Slave Trade and the New World 33
4 Colonial Slavery 64
5 That All May Be Free 79
6 Blacks in the New Republic 96
7 Blacks and Manifest Destiny 118
8 That Peculiar Institution 138
9 Quasi-Free Blacks 167
10 Slavery and Intersectional Strife 192
11 Civil War 220
12 The Effort to Attain Peace 245
13 Losing the Peace 272
14 Philanthropy and Self-Help 292
15 The Color Line 326
16 In Pursuit of Democracy 357
17 Democracy Escapes 382
18 The Harlem Renaissance 400
19 The New Deal 418
20 The American Dilemma 444
21 Fighting for the Four Freedoms 475
22 African Americans in the Cold War Era 505
23 The Black Revolution 522
24 Reaction and Progress 563
25 Half Century of Change 602
Bibliographical Notes 637
Appendixes 686
Acknowledgments 704
Index 705
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Awesome Book Covering African-American History

    This is an excellent history book. I used it for a class on African-American history and really learned so much from reading and studying this textbook. John Hope Franklin has touched a high point in his career with this textbook. It was easy to read and very informative. The illustrations provided a lot of valuable information. As always, the pictures conveyed more than a thousand words. It was very enlightening to see color pictures in the book also. The text started with Chapter One, entitled, ¿Land of Their Ancestors¿ in 1076 and ended with Chapter 25 entitled ¿Half Century of Change¿ in 1998. Finally, being a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College, I must also give credit to Alfred A. Moss, Jr., for his marvelous work in producing this extraordinary text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    A Sold Read.

    Truly an in-depth view of African American history. There is so much black history that is unknown to our people, books like this one are essential to our knowledge and growth. I highly recommend this book along with other vital African American literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    a great text

    this is a great text book to have for those who want a in-depth look at African-American history. My mentor reconmennded this book, having met the author. There are so many great African-Americans that it is ashame that we don't get to hear much about in school. As a student historian I feel that all people should learn the history of African-Americans, as well as Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Arabic Americans. Cause there are so many different kinds of people in this country and everyone should be familiar with all of America's people. Though I have read of other African-Americans that did great deeds and their names were not found in this text. Perhaps Mr. Franklin should make a series of books like this one but focused on certain time periods for further research and knowledge. It would also be great if there were more text books like this one, not only for African-Americans, but other races and ethncities as well.

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