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The Other Slavery

Author : Andrés Reséndez
ISBN : 9780544602670
Genre : Social Science
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“Long-awaited and important . . . No other book before has so thoroughly related the broad history of Indian slavery in the Americas.”—San Francisco Chronicle “A necessary work . . . [Reséndez’s] reportage will likely surprise you.”—NPR “One of the most profound contributions to North American history.”—Los Angeles Times Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. There was no abolitionist movement to protect the tens of thousands of Natives who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadors. Reséndez builds the incisive case that it was mass slavery—more than epidemics—that decimated Indian populations across North America. Through riveting new evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, and Indian captives, The Other Slavery reveals nothing less than a key missing piece of American history. For over two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed truly to see. “Beautifully written . . . A tour de force.”—Chronicle of Higher Education
Category: Social Science

Borderlands Of Slavery

Author : William S. Kiser
ISBN : 9780812249033
Genre : History
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Borderlands of Slavery explores how the existence of two involuntary labor systems—Mexican peonage and Indian captivity—in the nineteenth-century Southwest impacted the transformation of America's judicial and political institutions during the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras.
Category: History

An American Quilt Unfolding A Story Of Family And Slavery

Author : Rachel May
ISBN : 9781681774787
Genre : History
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Following the trail left by an unfinished quilt, this illuminating saga examines slavery from the cotton fields of the South to the textile mills of New England—and the humanity behind it. When we think of slavery, most of us think of the American South. We think of back-breaking fieldwork on plantations. We don’t think of slavery in the North, nor do we think of the grueling labor of urban and domestic slaves. Rachel May’s rich new book explores the far reach of slavery, from New England to the Caribbean, the role it played in the growth of mercantile America, and the bonds between the agrarian south and the industrial north in the antebellum era—all through the discovery of a remarkable quilt. While studying objects in a textile collection, May opened a veritable treasure-trove: a carefully folded, unfinished quilt made of 1830s-era fabrics, its backing containing fragile, aged papers with the dates 1798, 1808, and 1813, the words “shuger,” “rum,” “casks,” and “West Indies,” repeated over and over, along with “friendship,” “kindness,” “government,” and “incident.” The quilt top sent her on a journey to piece together the story of Minerva, Eliza, Jane, and Juba—the enslaved women behind the quilt—and their owner, Susan Crouch. May brilliantly stitches together the often-silenced legacy of slavery by revealing the lives of these urban enslaved women and their world. Beautifully written and richly imagined, An American Quilt is a luminous historical examination and an appreciation of a craft that provides such a tactile connection to the past.
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Homicide Justified

Author : Andrew T. Fede
ISBN : 9780820351117
Genre : Law
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This comparative study looks at the laws concerning the murder of slaves by their masters and at how these laws were implemented. Andrew T. Fede cites a wide range of cases—across time, place, and circumstance—to illuminate legal, judicial, and other complexities surrounding this regrettably common occurrence. These laws had evolved to limit in different ways the masters’ rights to severely punish and even kill their slaves while protecting valuable enslaved people, understood as “property,” from wanton destruction by hirers, overseers, and poor whites who did not own slaves. To explore the conflicts of masters’ rights with state and colonial laws, Fede shows how slave homicide law evolved and was enforced not only in the United States but also in ancient Roman, Visigoth, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and British jurisdictions. His comparative approach reveals how legal reforms regarding slave homicide in antebellum times, like past reforms dictated by emperors and kings, were the products of changing perceptions of the interests of the public; of the individual slave owners; and of the slave owners’ families, heirs, and creditors. Although some slave murders came to be regarded as capital offenses, the laws con­sistently reinforced the second-class status of slaves. This influence, Fede concludes, flowed over into the application of law to free African Americans and would even make itself felt in the legal attitudes that underlay the Jim Crow era.
Category: Law

Retracing The Past

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ISBN : 0321101375
Genre : History
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Retracing the Past is an engaging collection of both primary and secondary sources that emphasize social history. The text leads students to consider the role of women, ethnic groups, and laboring Americans in the weaving of the nation's social fabric, and allows them to explore life at the individual and community levels. It also introduces students to individuals and groups who made a critical difference in the shaping of American history.
Category: History

Archeology At Harmony Hall

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ISBN : UCR:31210024860486
Genre : Excavations (Archaeology)
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"In late summer of 1985, archeologists and volunteers with the National Park Service began compliance excavations at Harmony Hall, an eighteenth-century Georgian manor house situated on sixty-three acres of Potomac River frontage in Prince Georges County, Maryland. The purpose of these excavations was to provide clearance for proposed rehabilitation and utility upgrades to the house and grounds prior to construction. As the project progressed, it became clear that this National Register property warranted further detailed investigations as feature after feature was encountered. The most important discovery was the unearthing of evidence indicating a late seventeenth-century occupation of the site. The findings from the archeological excavations at Harmony Hall add to the body of knowledge about life along the seventeenth-century western frontier of Maryland."--Abstract, page i.
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Arkansas Review

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ISBN : UCSD:31822039145313
Genre : American fiction
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Hard Road To Freedom

Author : James Oliver Horton
ISBN : UOM:39076002132061
Genre : History
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A history of the African American experience from their arrival on American shores to the present day highlights their contributions, struggles, fight for equality, and their place in multicultural America.
Category: History