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From its beginnings, the European colonization of North America was inextricably linked with the institution of slavery. While millions of Europeans crossed the Atlantic in order to start a new life, millions of Africans unwillingly made the journey aboard squalid slave ships. On reaching the foreign shore, enslaved Africans were often separated from their families and traditions to spend their lives laboring on plantations. Slavery in America, Revised Edition tells the story of slavery in North America, including the slave trade on the west coast of Africa and the transatlantic journey to North America, slave auctions, plantation life, escape attempts and insurrections, the Civil War and eventual emancipation, and the turbulent period of Reconstruction. The authors capture the complexities and extent of slavery and document the wide differences in the ways people reacted to this terrible institution.

Each chapter in Slavery in America begins with an essay that focuses on the perceptions of those living with slavery. A chronology of events follows this essay. Each chapter closes with a section of excerpts-from such sources as speeches, journals, and correspondence. Included in this book are the words of Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, and countless others who experienced the institution of slavery both directly and indirectly. An appendix of documents includes such primary source materials as the 1672 charter of the Royal African Company, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Fifteenth Amendment. Appendices also include capsule biographies of 155 key figures; maps, graphs, and tables; a glossary;notes; a bibliography; and an index. Ninety-eight black-and-white photographs depict the institution of slavery in North America and the experiences of those affected by it.

About the Author:
Dorothy Schneider taught at the University of Nebraska and at Utica College and was academic dean at Upsala College and Marymount College. She has also taught in Japan and Korea for the University of Maryland

About the Author:
Carl J. Schneider taught at numerous universities, including the University of New Hampshire, the University of Nebraska, Kirkland College, and Montclair State University, where he was dean of graduate studies. He has held a Fulbright scholarship in Germany, worked as an adviser in the founding of Ataturk University in Turkey, and taught American military personnel in Japan and Korea for the University of Maryland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816068395
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Eyewitness History Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Preface for the Revised Edition     iv
Acknowledgments     v
The West Coast of Africa: 1441-1866     1
The Middle Passage: 1500-1866     27
Americans in the Slave Trade: 1526-1865     49
Slave Life: 1619-1865     78
Slave Work: 1619-1865     110
Runaways: 1619-1865     135
Canada, Other Refuges, and the Colonization/Emigration Movement: 1501-1877     163
Rebels: 1526-1865     191
Indians as Slaves, as Friends and Enemies of Black Slaves, and as Slaveholders: 1529-1877     216
The Argument over Slavery: 1637-1877     248
Black Soldiers in America's Wars: 1635-1877     287
The End of Slavery: 1861-1877     318
Reconstruction: 1865-1877     346
Documents     395
Biographies of Major Personalities     427
Maps     465
Graphs and Tables     473
Glossary     489
Notes     493
Bibliography     503
Index     537
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