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Books on slavery

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Jan 4, 2009, 5:29 pm

Can anyone recommend some books on slavery in general and the history of American slavery in specific. I am looking for more in depth studies rather than entry level titles. Thanks!

Jul 24, 2009, 11:18 am

"Slavery by Another Name" by Douglas Blackmon
"Georgia Nigger" by John Spivak
"The Slave Ship" by Marcus rediker

Jul 24, 2009, 12:39 pm

Eugene Genovese wrote extensively on the subject. His most well-known work is probably Roll, Jordan, Roll: the world the slaves made.

Would you be interested in oral histories? Belinda Hurmence edited several.

Take a look at this tag page; it may give you some additional ideas.

Aug 18, 2009, 12:43 am

"Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity" by Bruce Baum and Duchess Harris (me!)

Aug 18, 2009, 9:05 am

Welcome to LibraryThing, Duchess!

Do you know about the LibraryThing Author program?

Aug 18, 2009, 10:06 pm

Oct 17, 2009, 11:25 pm

Just finished Someone Knows My Name which is fiction, but the author lists the books that he used for research (I love it when they do this) and it will provide you with an amazing amount of books about the topic.

Edited: Mar 25, 2010, 8:51 am

Why did Thomas Jefferson risk his political career and maybe his life to translate a future Afrocentric Classic into English?

While serving as Ambassador to France(1785-1789), Thomas Jefferson seriously imperiled his political future by secretly joining with the noted anti- slavery poet and founder of ''the American Mercury", Joel Barlow to provide his friend Constantin-Francois Volney with an English translation of The Ruins: Or a Survey of the Revolutions of Empires, a translation from the French Les Ruines ou Meditations sur les Revolutions des Empires, published in 1796 by William A. Davis, in New York.

These thought provoking lines are among my favorites:

"Those piles of ruins which you see in that narrow valley watered by the Nile, are the remains of opulent cities, the pride of the ancient kingdom of Ethiopia. Behold the wrecks of her metropolis, of Thebes with her hundred palaces, the parent of cities and the monument of the caprice of destiny. There a people, now forgotten, discovered while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and sciences. A race of men now rejected from society for their sable skin and frizzled hair, founded on the study of the laws of nature , those civil and religious systems which still govern the universe. Lower down those dusky points are the pyramids whose masses have astonished you. Beyond that, the coast, hemmed in between the sea and a narrow ridge of mountains was the habitation of the Phoenicians. These were the famous cities of Tyre, of Sidon, of Ascalon, of Gaza, and of Berytus. "

This is an admittedly radical work even by today's Liberal standards. Maybe that is why it took the University of Virginia 185 years to remember that Jefferson had given it not one, but two copies of his personally selected translations of Volney's work.

One copy was presented to the Library of Congress just in time for it's 200th birthday. This translation of Volney's work is the same edition as the one Jefferson had sold to The Library of Congress in 1815, but which was sadly lost to flames in 1851.

Mark Dimunation, chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections division at the Library of Congress, has called Volney's work an “important source,..”, “that influenced Jefferson's thinking”. Just think, “Afro-Centric Scholars” (Not an oxymoron) have been teaching for decades that this particular translation of this work is an important primary source. Its taken almost 200 years, but thanks to the ongoing deification of Thomas Jefferson, more mainstream scholars may finally work up the nerve to examine Volney's message in the exact words that President Jefferson chanced so much to create and preserve.

Why did Jefferson do it? Did his Unitarian beliefs play any role? Did Sally put something in his tea? Or was he much more radical than anyone has ever suspected until now.

Apr 19, 2010, 11:39 pm

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