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The great stain : witnessing American slavery, Noel Rae

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The great stain : witnessing American slavery
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The great stain
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witnessing American slavery
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Noel Rae
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eng
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"Comprising personal accounts from an intensely consequential chapter in our country's history, [this book] tells the story of American slavery from its origins in Africa to its abolition with the end of the Civil War. In this new work, Noel Rae integrates firsthand accounts into a narrative history that brings the reader face to face with slavery's everyday reality, expertly weaving together narratives that span hundreds of years. From the travel journals of sixteenth-century Spanish settlers who offered religious instruction and 'protection' in exchange for farm labor, to the diaries of poetess Phillis Wheatley and Reverend Cotton Mather, to Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted's book about traveling through the 'cotton states,' to an 1880 speech given by Frederick Douglass, Rae provides a comprehensive accounting of parties from throughout the antebellum history of the nation. Rae also draws on a wide variety of accounts from less distinguished individuals: a surgeon describes the brutal treatment and squalid conditions onboard a slave ship as he made his daily rounds to collect the dead; an Englishman visiting Haiti observes violent uprisings as, separated from the population on the mainland, slaves were able to overpower their captors. Most significant are the texts from and interviews with former slaves themselves, ranging from the famous Solomon Northup to the virtually unknown Mary Reynolds, who was sold away from her mother and subsequently bought back not for sentiment or kindness, but because after losing her daughter, the family's wet nurse began to waste away from grief. Surpassing a dispassionate listing of atrocities, Rae places the reader within the era. Drawing on thousands of original sources, [this book] tells of repression and resistance in a society based on the exploitation of the cheapest labor and fallacies of racial superiority. Meticulously researched, this is a work of history that is profoundly relevant to our world today."--Jacket
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  • /* Starred Review */ Rae (Witnessing America) covers the complete story of American slavery from the start of the transatlantic trade in the 15th century to slavery's end with the close of the Civil War and the ratification of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. Participants' accounts show the realities of people being exchanged for goods; meanwhile, slavers faced illnesses and mutinies at sea. The most valuable and relevant documentation came from the slaves themselves. The author notes that during the early period there was a dearth of slave recollections as illiteracy was fostered as a means of control. He insists, nevertheless, that as the 19th century progressed, a number of slaves defied their owners and covertly learned to read and write. Thus the themes of resistance grew in number and intensity in the antebellum period. The absconding of Martha Washington's personal slave, Oney Judge, is an unforgettable read, and the violent killing of Robert E. Lee's cruel overseer by a former bondsman may seem to some readers a justice too long deferred. The final Civil War chapter follows several engagements in which undersupported black troops distinguished themselves in battle. VERDICT Highly recommended for U.S. colonial, middle period, and Civil War scholars, and general readers. --John Carver Edwards (Reviewed 04/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 6, p82)
  • Eyewitness testimonies to the culture and commerce of slavery, America's original sin. Slavery was, in the words of a Southern circumlocution, a "peculiar institution." In America, it was also an institution extending deep into the past, two centuries and more before the Civil War that ended it. In this gathering of personal, firsthand accounts, coupled with smart commentary, popular historian and editor Rae (People's War: Original Voices of the American Revolution, 2011, etc.) looks into that past. Near the beginning of the book is a tale by a slave trader in Africa who purchased captives from "a country called Tuffoe"—perhaps Togo—for "the value of twenty shillings sterling for every man, in cowries...and ten shillings for a woman, boy, or girl." During the American Revolution, the British promised freedom to slaves only to return them to their masters in defeat given that the terms of surrender mandated that "any property obviously belonging to the inhabitants of these states...shall be subject to be reclaimed." Within a couple of generations, by the account of a touring British journalist, the slave economy was at its apex. And it was extremely costly, tying up an enormous quantity of capital that would otherwise have gone into hiring labor and enriching the economy as a whole, by virtue of which "the whole country would have been advanced at least a century beyond its present condition." That's a fascinating premise, one of many that arise from this overstuffed book. It's certainly a more fruitful one than the notion of the "lost cause," which Rae traces to another journalist, a Southerner named Edward Pollard, who lamented the supremacy of the Northern cause and people, who were "coarse and inferior in comparison with the aristocracy and chivalry of the South." Given the culture's apparent need to readjudicate that conflict, this book and its wealth of documents and reports make a welcome, ready reference. Essential for students of American slavery and antebellum history. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2018)
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Rae, Noel
Dewey number
306.3/620973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
LC call number
E441
LC item number
.R34 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Slavery
  • Slave trade
  • African Americans
  • Slaves
  • African Americans
  • Slavery
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  • HISTORY
  • Slave trade
  • Slavery
  • United States
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witnessing American slavery
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The great stain : witnessing American slavery, Noel Rae
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 571-582) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Out of Africa -- The trade -- Personal stories -- The Middle Passage -- The colonies -- The Revolution -- The peculiar institution -- White testimony -- Black experience -- Fugitives -- Resistance -- The positive good -- The abolitionists -- The Civil War
Control code
1950706
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
591 pages
Isbn
9781468315134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles
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  • (Sirsi) i9781468315134
  • (OCoLC)975365825
Label
The great stain : witnessing American slavery, Noel Rae
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 571-582) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Out of Africa -- The trade -- Personal stories -- The Middle Passage -- The colonies -- The Revolution -- The peculiar institution -- White testimony -- Black experience -- Fugitives -- Resistance -- The positive good -- The abolitionists -- The Civil War
Control code
1950706
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
591 pages
Isbn
9781468315134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781468315134
  • (OCoLC)975365825

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