Slavery in the United States

by Jeff Forret

Part of the Issues and Controversies in American History Series

Slavery in the United States Synopsis

Often called America's original sin, slavery is arguably the greatest stain on the nation's history. From their introduction in 17th-century Virginia to their emancipation in 1865, unfree African and African-American laborers contributed to the growth and development of the country. Despite its pervasiveness, slavery differed from region to region and era to era, and, in spite of the horrors of the institution, enslaved people carved out lives and created unique cultures and distinct traditions that enabled their survival. The cultural residue of slavery remains with us today in the modern United States, as Americans continue to struggle with issues of race and race relations born out of the era of bondage.Slavery in the United States examines numerous controversies related to the history of slavery, including slavery and the American Revolution, the Constitution and Bible as pro- or antislavery documents, the transatlantic slave trade, colonization of free blacks, abolition, slave resistance and uprisings, slavery and western expansion, and whether escaping slaves should be accepted by Union forces during the Civil War. This volume answers any question high school and college students may have on the conflicts surrounding slavery in this country and how they were resolved.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780816081158
Publication date: 15th October 2012
Author: Jeff Forret
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 470 pages
Categories: Slavery & abolition of slavery, History of the Americas,

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