Slavery and the Making of America

ISBN-10: 0195304519

ISBN-13: 9780195304510

Edition: 2006

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Description: The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slaves themselves. Readers will discover a wide ranging and sharply nuanced look at American slavery, from the first Africans brought to British colonies in the early seventeenth century to the end of Reconstruction. The authors document the horrors of slavery, particularly in the deep South, and describe the slaves' valiant struggles to free themselves from bondage. There are dramatic tales of escape by slaves such as William and Ellen Craft and Dred Scott's doomed attempt to win his freedom through the Supreme Court. We see how slavery engendered violence in our nation, from bloody confrontations that broke out in American cities over fugitive slaves, to the cataclysm of the Civil War. The book is also filled with stories of remarkable African Americans like Sergeant William H. Carney, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at the crucial assault on Fort Wagner during the Civil War, and Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, a former slave who led freed African Americans to a new life on the American frontier. Filled with absorbing and inspirational accounts highlighted by more than one hundred pictures and illustrations, Slavery and the Making of America is a gripping account of the struggles of African Americans against the iniquity of slavery.

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

James Oliver Horton, the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University, directs the African American Communities Project at the Smithsonian Institution. He is a regular panelist on The History Channel's The History Center.

Lois E. Horton is a professor of sociology and American studies at George Mason University.

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