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Slavery in America
  • Authored by: Dorothy Schneider and Carl J. Schneider
  • From the Series: American Experience
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816062412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6241-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 973.049
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 562


Praise for the previous edition:
"Typical for Facts On File publications, this is a well-researched volume that will find users from middle school and up...No other single work is quite comparable..." —Booklist

"Informative and detailed, this reference work cover[s] many essential aspects of slavery...One of the most readable and comprehensive guides to slavery available; highly recommended for public and academic libraries."—Choice

"...will be a frequently consulted reference tool in both public and academic libraries."—Library Journal

The history of the enslavement of African Americans in North America stretches from the beginning of European colonization to the end of the Civil War. Slavery in America recounts this history, as well as the Reconstruction period that followed, by examining, chapter by chapter, many of its aspects: the slave catchers and their coffles in Africa, the crowded slave ships, slave auctions, life and labor on plantations, escape attempts and insurrections, and the Civil War and eventual emancipation.

This edition also features a new chapter that extends coverage through Reconstruction to 1877 when the last Union troops withdrew from the South, addressing topics such as the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments; the struggle between President Andrew Johnson and the Radical Republicans over the terms of the readmission of the seceding states to the Union and the protection of the freedpeople; the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875; and the ensuing disappointment in the hopes of the freedpeople. New photographs and maps also enhance this new edition. Hundreds of firsthand accounts—from diary entries, letters, speeches, and newspaper reports—illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. New eyewitness testimonies include John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and many more.

In addition, each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. The book also includes such critical documents as President Lincoln's Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, the American Freedmen's Inquiry Commission Final Report, the Ku Klux Klan Organization and Principles, and the Civil Rights Act of March 1, 1875, as well as 98 black-and-white photographs; capsule biographies of more than 150 key figures; 16 maps, graphs, and tables; notes; an updated bibliography; a new appendix of charts and tables; a glossary; and an index.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Maps, graphs, and tables. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Chronologies. Notes.

About the Author(s)

Dorothy Schneider holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Nebraska. She has taught at the University of Nebraska and at Utica College and was academic dean at Upsala College and Marymount College. She has also taught in Japan and Korea for the University of Maryland.

Carl J. Schneider holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin and has studied history extensively. He has taught at numerous universities, including the University of New Hampshire, the University of Nebraska, Kirkland College (which he helped found), and Montclair State University, where he was dean of graduate studies. He has held a Fulbright scholarship in Germany, worked as an adviser in the founding of Ataturk University in Turkey, and taught American military personnel in Japan and Korea for the University of Maryland.

Dorothy and Carl J. Schneider have coauthored numerous books, including World War II from the Eyewitness History series; First Ladies, Second Edition; another Facts On File title; In Their Own Right: The History of American Clergywomen; and Women in the Workplace.

Reviews and Awards

"...very comprehensive...Teachers will be pleased to see ample original source documents and a chronology of events with each chapter...This is a must for every high school history or reference collection. Highly Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"...this invaluable volume belongs in every academically oriented reference collection, easily surpassing...less comprehensive works...not only in range and depth of coverage, but also in its power to deepen both casual and serious students’ understanding of this definitive American experience."
School Library Journal

"...this important title is now an even richer resource for high school and college student reports and research papers as well as an ideal tool for teachers developing lesson plans or lectures. General readers likely will find it both interesting and instructive."
American Reference Books Annual

"...information-filled...provides engrossing, truthful, well researched data..."
Christian Library Journal

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