Stolen Childhood, Second Edition

Stolen Childhood, Second Edition : Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America

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One of the most important books published on slave society, Stolen Childhood focuses on the millions of children and youth enslaved in 19th-century America. This enlarged and revised edition reflects the abundance of new scholarship on slavery that has emerged in the 15 years since the first edition. While the structure of the book remains the same, Wilma King has expanded its scope to include the international dimension with a new chapter on the transatlantic trade in African children, and the book's geographic boundaries now embrace slave-born children in the North. She includes data about children owned by Native Americans and African Americans, and presents new information about children's knowledge of and participation in the abolitionist movement and the interactions between enslaved and free more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 703.06g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 17 b&w illus.
  • 0253222648
  • 9780253222640
  • 2,000,115

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"King has performed a valuable service to the historiographies of slavery and of children. It is important to be reminded that slaves were children before they became the men and women who form our more familiar images of slavery." -Register Kentucky Historical Society "Wilma King's book is a welcome addition to the literature... The author compares the hardships of slave childhood with those created by war or siege." -GEORGIA HISTORICAL QUARTERLY "" - "[Until] the appearance of this book, no monograph had focused exclusively on the many topics relating to the enslaved young." -American Historical Review "[King's] cogent general picture offeres a valuable entree into the topic, and provides a sound frame of reference for the temporally or spacially more specific research that her study should generate." -American Studies "Stolen Childhood provides a broad overview of slave childhood throughout the nineteenth-century South and moves beyond the Civil War years to demonstrate that the brutality directed against enslaved children did not end with emancipation." -Journal of Southern History "[T]his is an ambitious book that not only pioneered the history of African-American child slavery, but also made a significant impact on the discourse addressing slavery in the USA more generally... a masterful work." -Slavery and Abolition "King's work is fresh and accessible. It fills key gaps in scholarship on slavery and would make for a worthwhile read for anyone from the casual reader of history to thescholar." -Tennessee Libraries "Drawing on extensive new scholarship and sources, [King] adds significant new demographic information regarding slave children and broadens her scope to include slave children born in the North and in urban centers.... Essential." -Choice King's deeply researched volume on slave children first appeared to rave reviews in 1995 (CH, Apr'96, 33-4719), establishing her as a leading scholar on African American slavery generally and as an authority on slave youth culture. Slavery's all-encompassing veil, she wrote with passion and verve, enveloped bonded children, circumscribing their formative years, transforming them into chattel laborers, and subjecting them to arbitrary,untoward punishment and deleterious separation from families. King (Univ. of Missouri-Columbia) documented the various farm, industrial, and plantation occupations slave youth practiced and contextualized their lives by explicating their educations and leisure activities--elements that enabled them to survive enslavement and fashion new lives asfreed men and women. King's second edition more than doubles the size of the original work. Drawing on extensive new scholarship and sources, she adds significant new demographic information regarding slave children and broadens her scope to include slave children born in the North and in urban centers. King also probes interactionsbetween free, freed, and enslaved children across time and place and details the lives of children owned by African American and Native American slaveholders. Finally, her revised edition includes material on the heretofore-ignored role of slave children in the abolition movement. Indispensible. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. --ChoiceJ. D. Smith, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, May 2012show more

About Wilma King

Wilma King is Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor in African-American History and Culture at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she holds a joint appointment in the Black Studies Program and Department of History. Her books include The Essence of Liberty: Free Black Women during the Slave Era; We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible: A Reader in Black Women's History (edited with Darlene Clark Hine and Linda Reed); A Northern Woman in the Plantation South: Letters of Tryphena Blanche Holder Fox, 1856-1876; Children of the Emancipation; and Toward the Promised Land: From Uncle Tom's Cabin to the Onset of the Civil War, more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsPreface to the Second EditionIntroduction 1. In the Beginning: The Transatlantic Trade in Children of African Descent2. "You know that I am one man that do love his children": Slave Children and Youth in the Family and Community 3. "Us ain't never idle": Slave Children and Youth in the World of Work 4. "When day is done": Play and Leisure Activities of Slave Children and Youth 5. "Knowledge unfits a child to be a slave": The Temporal and Spiritual Education of Slave Children and Youth 6. "What has Ever Become of My Presus Little Girl": The Traumas and Tragedies of Slave Children and Youth 7. "Free at last": The Quest for Freedom by Slave Children and Youth 8. "There's a better day a-coming": The Transition from Slavery to Freedom for Children and Youth Notes Appendixes Bibliography Indexshow more

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