In order to fully understand American history, it is essential to know that for nearly two centuries, Americans bought imported Africans and kept them and their descendants in bondage. Slavery lasted so long and controlled so many lives that its sad legacy is still felt today. It is difficult to grasp many aspects of today’s United States without learning about slavery’s role in people’s lives and its development through the years.
The six-volume Slavery in the Americas set takes a fresh look at this core subject. The comprehensive books explain the development, practice, and effects of slavery in the Americas to young readers. Compelling narrative chapters are complemented by special features, such as black-and-white photographs and illustrations, maps and graphs, an index, a glossary, sidebars, fact boxes, further reading, and a timeline.
The six volumes include:
- The Slave Trade
- Life under Slavery
- Slave Rebellions
- The Underground Railroad
- African Americans during the Civil War
- African Americans during Reconstruction.
Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Maps and graphs. Index. Glossary. Further reading. Timeline. Sidebars and fact boxes.
About the Author(s)
General editor Philip J. Schwarz holds a B.A. in American literature from Brown University, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Connecticut, an M.L.S. in library service from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in American history from Cornell University. A retired professor from the Department of History and Geography at Virginia Commonwealth University, Schwarz served as the chairman of his department for five years out of his 37 years at the institution. Throughout his career, he taught numerous courses on slavery, wrote or coauthored five books, and wrote numerous articles on the subject, ultimately specializing in the study of slavery in Virginia.