African American Studies

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  1. Book ImageWhite, Red, and Black: The Seventeenth-Century Virginian

    Wesley Frank Craven

    “A masterful study of the demography of seventeenth-century Virginia . . . . The essays in this book, originally presented during the James W. Richard Lectures at the University of Virginia, combine the best secondary works on whites, Indians, and blacks with a judicious combing of primary sources and imaginative use of statistics . . . . Like [Mr. Craven’s] other definitive works on this period, White, Red, and Black is an indispensable book for those interested in colonial, southern, and black history.” —John W. Blassingame, Journal of Southern HistoryMore

  2. Book ImageWithout Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery

    Robert William Fogel

    "[Fogel's] exceedingly careful testing of all possible sources and his pioneering methodological approach have allowed [him] both to increase our knowledge of an institutions operation and disintegration and to renew our methods of research." —from the citation to Robert William Fogel for the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic SciencesMore

  3. Book ImageKillers of the Dream

    Lillian Smith

    A Southern white writer, educator, and activist, Lillian Smith (1897–1966) spoke out all her life against injustice. In Killers of the Dream (1949), her most influential book, she draws on memories of her childhood to describe the psychological and moral cost of the powerful, contradictory rules about sin, sex, and segregation—the intricate system of taboos—that undergirded Southern society.

  4. Book ImageYankee Stepfather: General O. O. Howard and the Freedmen

    William S. McFeely

    The story of a Civil War promise made to slaves—and broken.More

  5. Book ImageWithout Consent or Contract: Evidence and Methods

    Robert William Fogel, Ralph A. Galantine, Richard L. Manning

    Written to accompany Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery, this book describes a research project into the history of slavery. It provides detailed information in prose, tabular form and graphs.More

  6. Book ImageWe Were Always Free: The Maddens of Culpeper County, Virginia: A 200-Year Family History

    T.O. Madden, Jr, Nell Irvin Painter, Ann L. Miller

    "A deeply personal account of an extraordinary American family."--NewsweekMore

  7. Book ImageExodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction

    Nell Irvin Painter

    The first major migration to the North of ex-slaves.More

  8. Book ImageA Whole-Souled Woman: Prudence Crandall and the Education of Black Women

    Susan Strane

    In 1833, in Canterbury, Connecticut, Prudence Crandall, a white, Quaker-bred schoolmistress, opened the first private boarding school for black girls in New England. The village was outraged and tried to discourage Crandall with threats, boycotts, and vandalism. When these methods failed, the village elders persuaded the state legislature to pass the "Black Law," which made it a crime for blacks who were not residents of Connecticut to go to school there. Liable as the students' teacher, Crandall went to trial three times before a judge finally dismissed her case.More

  9. Book ImageBlack Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South

    Michael P. Johnson, James L. Roark

    "A remarkably fine work of creative scholarship." —C. Vann Woodward, New York Review of BooksMore

  10. Book ImageArmy Life in a Black Regiment

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Howard N. Meyer

    "One of the great source documents in human history, but one of our greatest Americans. . . . Thrilling reading." —Tillie OlsenMore

  11. Book ImageThe Antislavery Appeal: American Abolitionism After 1830

    Ronald G. Walters

    "A fresh and provocative contribution . . . . the clearest, most penetrating, and best-informed study of the post-1830 antislavery movement that exists." —Richard Bardolph, North Carolina Historical ReviewMore

  12. Book ImageReadings in Black American Music

    Eileen Southern

    Second Edition

    In this companion volume to The Music of Black Americans, Eileen Southern draws on letters, journals, memoirs, ledgers, books, articles, and even slave advertisements in newspapers to illuminate the story told that historical survey, now in its Third Edition.More

  13. Book ImageThe Journal of Charlotte L. Forten: A Free Negro in the Slave Era

    Charlotte L. Forten, Ray Allen Billington

    A young black woman's reactions to the white world of the Civil War era.More

  14. Book ImageDeep Like the Rivers: Education in the Slave Quarter Community, 1831-1865

    Thomas L. Webber

    “An enlightening and thoughtful piece of work. . . . This is the burden of Mr. Webber’s book—the cultural impregnability of the black slaves in America, and the futility of the centuries-long white endeavor to enslave the black mind—and it is an impressive lesson.” —The New YorkerMore

  15. Book ImageBallots for Freedom: Antislavery Politics in the United States, 1837-1860

    Richard H. Sewell

    “If one wishes to read only a single book on antislavery politics before the Civil War, this is the book to read.” J.M. McPherson, Political Science QuarterlyMore

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