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Davis, Kenneth C.

Summary: "An examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people who were considered the property of some of our best-known presidents"--

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Listening Library 2016

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1 available in Juvenile Audiobooks, Call number: J CD 920 DAV

Jacobs, Harriet A. (Harriet Ann)

Summary: Tormented by her master, a young mother plots a daring escape, in this courageous and captivating slave narrative When her mother dies, six-year-old slave girl Linda Brent is sent to the big house, where she grows up serving a gentle mistress who teaches her to read and write. But the mistress's death brings about a sudden and terrible change in Linda's fortunes. Her lecherous new master...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Open Road Media 2016

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Sinha, Manisha.

Summary: "Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Yale University Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.7 SIN

Summary: The gripping story is told through four generations, from the capture of Kunta Kinte in Africa to his transport to Colonial America in brutal conditions through successive generations fighting to win their freedom in the Civil War.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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Nevins, Allan

Summary: This is a magnificent, well written and well researched history of the period 1857 - 1861 by Alan Nevins, who was one of the greatest American historians of the 20th Century. This was a time when the American political system collapsed into chaos and eventual civil war over the issue of slavery and its extension into new states. The Democrats (who were the conservative party of the time)...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Charles Scribner's Sons 1950

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: 973.7 NEV

Nevins, Allan.

Summary: "Violence was an American tradition," Allan Nevins reminds us at the beginning of this chronicle of the eve of the Civil War. On 10/16/1859 John Brown & 17 of his followers seized the armory & arsenal at Harper's Ferry. They'd counted on an uprising of the slaves. There was no uprising. On 12/2, Brown was hanged after a fair trail. To certain Northern zealots he was a martyr; to Allan Nevins he...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner 1900

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 973.7 NEV

Burgan, Michael.

Summary: Presents a brief history of African-Americans and of slavery in seventeenth and eighteenth century America.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Children's Press 2013

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 973.0496 BUR

Winters, Ben H.

Summary: "It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A gifted young Black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company 2016

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC WIN

McMann, Lisa.

Summary: "Dak, Sera, and Riq return to the United States and walk right into a deadly trap. The year is 1850 and the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. In these dark days, the Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Railroad from within. Now Dak and Sera are left wondering who to trust...while Riq...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic 2013

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1 available in J Series, Call number: J FIC MCM

Fehrenbacher, Don E. (Don Edward)

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 2001

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Smolik, Jane Petrlik

Summary: In 1854 eleven-year-old Bones is a slave in Virginia who sends a bottle holding her real name and a trinket from her long-lost father down the James River--the currents carry it far away, ultimately uniting the lives of three young girls.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Charlesbridge 2015

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1 available in Juvenile Fiction, Call number: J FIC SMO

Davis, Kenneth C.

Summary: Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country’s great tragedy—that a nation...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Henry Holt and Company 2016

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult, Call number: 920 Davis 2016

Burg, Ann E.

Summary: The day nine-year-old Grace is called to work in the kitchen in the Big House, everyone warns her to keep her head down and her thoughts to herself, but the more she sees of the oppressive Master and his hateful wife, the more she questions things until one day her thoughts escape--and to avoid being separated she and her family flee into the Dismal Swamp, to join the other escaped slaves who...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Press 2016

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1 available in Juvenile Fiction, Call number: J FIC BUR

January, Brendan

Summary: Places the events relating to the 1857 Supreme Court decision regarding rights of slaves into the larger context of the conflict about slavery among the states.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Children's Press 1998

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 342.087 JAN

Summary: An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", in which Haley traces his African American family's history from the mid-18th century to the Reconstruction era.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Warner Home Video 2007

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Summary: Tells the story of the struggle for freedom by thousands of African-American ex-slaves who fled Southern plantations to fight behind British lines in the American War of Independence. Follows their dream of a journey to freedom in bone-chilling Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone. Features the stories of Englishman John Clarkson, a passionate advocate of the abolition of slavery, and two African men,...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: BBC Video 2008

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV ROU

Summary: This series covers America's history from the age of Pre-Columbian Native Americans, through European discovery, colonization, independence, the forging of a young nation, and the settling of the American frontier. Students will look at the history of the United States from a new perspective, as they explore the events that have shaped modern American society. Professor Linwood Thompson is the...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: The Teaching Company 1996

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 973 EAR
2 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: DVD 973 EAR PART 1
Call number: DVD 973 EAR PART 2

Rael, Patrick.

Summary: Why did it take so long to end slavery in the United States, and what did it mean that the nation existed eighty-eight years as a “house divided against itself,” as Abraham Lincoln put it? The decline of slavery throughout the Atlantic world was a protracted affair, says Patrick Rael, but no other nation endured anything like the United States. Here the process took from 1777, when Vermont...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: University of Georgia Press 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.3 RAE

Nevins, Allan

Summary: [The book] will take its place as the standard history of the eighteen-fifties. Our armies in Mexico had won victory after victory. But victory in war does not invariably spell an untroubled peace. This was the lesson that America was to learn for the first time in the year from 1847 to 1852. And this is the theme of [the book] in which [the author] explores the state of our civilization after...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner 1973

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: 973.7 NEV

Haley, My.

Summary: In 1862, Virginian slave Mary Louvestre risks certain death during the Civil War to smuggle the plans for modifications to the ironclad CSS Virginia to the Union.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Köehler Books 2012

Copies Available at Fife Lake

1 available in Adult, Call number: FIC HAL

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt)

Contents: The planting colonies -- The farming colonies -- The trading colonies -- The period of revolution, 1774-1787 -- The federal convention, 1787 -- Toussaint L'Ouverture and anti-slavery effort, 1787-1806 -- The period of attempted suppression, 1807-1825 -- The international status of the slave-trade, 1783-1862 -- The rise of the cotton kingdom, 1820-1850 -- The final crisis, 1850-1870 -- The...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 326.1 DUB

Baptist, Edward E.

Summary: Historian Edward Baptist reveals how the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.3 BAP

Oakes, James.

Summary: Traces the history of emancipation and its impact on the Civil War, discussing how Lincoln and the Republicans fought primarily for freeing slaves throughout the war, not just as a secondary objective in an effort to restore the country.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W. W. Norton & Co. 2013

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.714 OAK

Summary: Challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions, the belief that slavery in the U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, by telling the harrowing story of how, in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: PBS Distribution 2012

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV SLA

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