The Underground Railroad
A Selection of Authentic Narratives
William Still (1821–1902) was the son of a fugitive slave and an activist in the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society and Vigilance Committee, aiding escaping slaves. Published in 1872, his famous book tells the stories of the African Americans who used the ‘Underground Railroad’ network of ‘conductors’ in their bid for freedom. Abridged.
Autobiography of a Female Slave
Martha Griffith Browne, a Southern slave-owner who became wedded to the cause of emancipation, wrote this ‘autobiography’ of Ann, a woman born into slavery, to raise the money to liberate those she had inherited from her father. Published in 1856, it was written in the style of contemporary narratives, and although a fiction, draws on Browne’s own experience to describe the horrors of slavery.
A Nation Without Borders
The United States and its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830–1910
Over the course of the 19th century the United States expanded westward to the Pacific coast; its population increased tenfold; it experienced civil war, ended African American slavery, and industrialized; by 1914, it was a powerful nation on the world stage. Steven Hahn takes a new approach to this era of American history, taking in the experience of women, Latinos and African Americans, themes such as the family and American capitalism, and the global perspective. Part of The Penguin History of the United States.
The Amistad Rebellion
An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom
An uprising on the slave ship La Amistad in 1839 only led to the Africans being recaptured and jailed in America but their cause captured the public imagination and they ultimately won their freedom in a landmark court case. This telling of the story reveals new evidence and profiles the leading rebels, tracing their roots in Sierra Leone, as well as the abolitionists who fought on their behalf.
‘I Was Transformed’
Frederick Douglass: An American Slave in Victorian Britain
In the summer of 1845 Frederick Douglass, a young slave catapulted to fame by his bestselling autobiography, arrived in Liverpool for a two-year tour of Britain and Ireland. Drawing on a wide range of sources on both sides of the Atlantic, this absorbing history explores the ‘liberating sojourn’ that bought Douglass’s freedom, paid for by British supporters. It charts his return to the USA as an international celebrity, and his later life through the Civil War and its aftermath.
Slaves to Sweetness
British and Caribbean Literatures of Sugar
From the aftermath of the Seven Years’ War in the late 1760s, through the Victorian period to the post-colonial present, this study of literature relating to sugar production and trade examines works by both white and black writers, including expatriate Caribbean authors revisiting the subject since the 1970s.
Sweet Water and Bitter
The Ships that Stopped the Slave Trade
In 1807, the British Parliament abolished slavery throughout the Empire. The trade in human misery did not stop, however, as other countries - and illegal slavers - continued to abduct people from the coasts of West Africa. Combining meticulous research with narrative verve, this compelling book tells the story of how, in six decades of dramatic and daring action on the high seas, the Royal Navy's 'Preventative Squadron' liberated 150,000 Africans at the cost of 17,000 of its own men.
The Empire of Necessity
Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
Greg Grandin's study of slavery begins not on the west coast of Africa but in the South Pacific, off the coast of Chile, where in 1805 Captain Amasa Delano, an anti-slavery American, happened upon a slave rebellion on board the Tryal. The incident, recorded in Delano's memoirs, has inspired many literary works, notably Herman Melville's Benito Cereno; here, it leads to a new account of slavery across continents, and the deceptions inherent in the New World's 'Age of Freedom'.
The Story of the Negro
The Rise of the Race from Slavery
Born a slave and freed in 1865 at the age of nine, Booker T Washington went on to become one of the most influential educationalists in US history. First published in 1909, this authoritative and eloquent classic charts the history of the slave trade, the exploitation of slaves in America, and how slavery came to be abolished. Washington also outlines his vision of how African- Americans might prosper in American society: a rallying-call that still resonates today.
Ancient Slavery and Abolition
From Hobbes to Hollywood
Focusing on Britain, North America, the Caribbean and South Africa from the 17th century, these 13 essays provide a groundbreaking study of the role played by the interpreters of ancient Greek and Roman texts in the debates over the abolition of slavery.
Versions of Blackness
Key texts on Slavery from the Seventeenth Century
This volume presents four major texts, with introductions and notes: Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines (1668), Aphra Behn's Abdelazer (1676) and Oroonoko (1688), and Oroonoko (1696) by Thomas Southerne - plus 20 extracts from longer works. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. No jacket.
From Bondage to Liberation
Writings by and about Afro-Americans from 1700 to 1918
Providing insights into the development of American racial thought, Berry's anthology represents both black and white voices of different cultural backgrounds, from the beginnings of American history to the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance.