Slavery in America: From Colonial Times to the Civil War

Slavery in America: From Colonial Times to the Civil War

by Dorothy Schneider, Carl J. Schneider

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This reference presents a comprehensive history of slavery in twelve chapters, beginning in 1441 on the West Coast of Africa through the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Each chapter examines a period of slavery through a historical overview, a chronology, excerpts from contemporaneous documents and first-person narratives, and illustrations. The first chapter describes slave trade in Africa, explaining the roles of Africans as well as Europeans. Other chapters, such as the discussions of the enslavement of Native Americans and of Native Americans as slaveholders, relate facts that might surprise the reader whose knowledge of slavery is superficial. Information is presented concisely but thoroughly and in a readable style. Illustrations enrich the text by graphically depicting facts, as seen in a diagram of a slave ship showing the arrangement of its human cargo. Forty-five historical documents pertinent to slavery, short biographies of major personalities, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography round out this well-researched volume. This work stands on its own merit as an interesting read. Its size and price, however, might destine it for reference shelves, where it will be eminently useful as a source of information for school reports. A library that lacks a full history of slave trade will find this title to be a worthwhile addition to either part of the collection. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology. Appendix. 2000, Facts on File, 458p, $75. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Dolores Maminski
Library Journal
In 1839, Theodore Dwight Weld's American Slavery As It Is was published, shocking its readers with its detailed documentation of the human impact of the "peculiar institution." Authors and social scientists Carl and Dorothy Schneider (American Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920) follow in the tradition of Weld with their comprehensive study of this dark side of our nation's history. Moving from 15th-century Africa to 19th-century America, this highly useful reference volume combines easy-to-read overview essays, useful chronologies, access to otherwise elusive eyewitness accounts and other historic documents, a useful glossary, and extensive biographical references. Because of its format, scope, and focus, the book will be a frequently consulted reference tool in both public and academic libraries, though similar material will also be found in more general reference works, such as Kwame Appiah's Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (LJ 11/15/99).--Theresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Twelve chapters cover topics such as the West Coast of Africa, 1441- 1866; the middle passage, 1500-1866; slave life, 1619-1865; slave work, 1619-1865; runaways, 1619-1865; Canada, other refuges, and the colonization/emigration movement, 1501-1965; rebels, 1526-1865; Indians as slaves, as friends and enemies of black slaves, and as slaveholders, 1529-1865; black soldiers in America's wars, 1635-1865; and the end of slavery, 1861-1865. Each chapter concludes with a chronology and a section of primary sources (mostly excerpts), including memoirs, diaries, letters, newspapers, speeches, and advertisements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Eyewitness History Series
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8.81(w) x 11.29(h) x 1.56(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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