Best books about american slavery

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The Great Stain: Witnessing American Slavery

10 Must-Read Novels about American Slavery

The United States was founded upon a racial caste system where slavery was legal in all Thirteen Colonies. European colonists traded with African nations to buy manual laborers for maintaining their homes and fields. Most were chattel slaves whose children and grandchildren were automatically enslaved. Through the 19th century, slaves were overworked, tortured, and treated as property with no rights of citizenship. Slavery was abolished after the Emancipation Proclamation, yet this repugnant period still influences our present.

As I write in my book, Empire of Cotton, American slavery (and the on the history of slavery is rich—it is, in fact among the best researched.
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It was the Land of the Free, unless you happened to be black. The days in which African-Americans were enslaved and considered property may be long behind us, but the peculiar institution has left a stain on the American conscience. As we enter Black History Month, this is an especially important time to reflect on slavery and the trauma it left in its wake. Why not pick up a new book to educate yourself on the topic and learn more about this crucial period in American history? Here are nine must-read books about slavery in America. Who better to explain the lasting scars of slavery than former slaves themselves? Editor James Mellon sifted through over 2, first-hand accounts to produce this volume, which contains 29 of the most noteworthy full-length narratives.

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