Slavery, Resistance, Freedom

Slavery, Resistance, Freedom

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This extraordinary collection of essays by some of America's top historians focuses on how African Americans resisted slavery and responded to freedom. Ira Berlin sets the stage by stressing the relationship between how we understand slavery and how we discuss race today. The remaining essays offer a richly textured examination of black struggles for freedom. John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger recount actual cases of runaway slaves, their motivations for escape and the strains this widespread phenomenon put on white slave-owners. Edward L. Ayers, William G. Thomas III, and Anne Sarah Rubin draw upon their remarkable Valley of the Shadow website to describe the wartime experiences of African Americans living on both borders of the Mason-Dixon line. And Eric Foner gives us a new look at how black leaders performed during the Reconstruction, revealing that they represented, for a time, the fulfillment of the American ideal that all people could aspire to political office.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 10.16mm | 136.08g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone
  • 0195384601
  • 9780195384604

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Highly recommended for readers who favor a scholarly approach over narative drama and are seeking a deeper understanding of slavery and its effects. * The Civil War Times *show more

About Gabor S. Boritt

Gabor S. Boritt is Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Scott Hancock is Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; 1. American Slavery in History and Memory ; 2. The Quest for Freedom: Runaway Slaves and the Plantation South ; 3. "Tradition Informs Us": African Americans' Construction of Memory in the Antebellum North ; 4. Black and on the Border ; 5. A Stranger in the Club: The Army of the Potomac's Black Division ; 6. "The Tocsin of Freedom": The Black Leadership of Radical Reconstruction ; Notes ; Contributorsshow more

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