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Whispers of Rebellion
Whispers of Rebellion

Narrating Gabriel's Conspiracy

Nicholls, Michael L.

An ambitious but abortive plan to revolt that ended in the conviction and hanging of over two dozen men, Gabriel’s Conspiracy of 1800 sought nothing less than to capture the...


Rituals of Race
Rituals of Race

American Public Culture and the Search for Racial Democracy

Lorini, Alessandra

In this sophisticated study of the struggle for African American human rights in America, Alessandra Lorini examines public events in New York City from the end of the Civil...


The Segregated Scholars
The Segregated Scholars

Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890–1950

Wilson, Francille Rusan

In Segregated Scholars Francille Rusan Wilson explores the lives and work of fifteen black labor historians and social scientists as seen through the prisms of gender, class,...


Gabriel's Conspiracy
Gabriel's Conspiracy

A Documentary History

Schwarz, Philip J.

The plans for a large slave rebellion in the Richmond area in 1800, orchestrated by a literate enslaved blacksmith named Gabriel, leaked out before they could be executed, and...


Rearing Wolves to Our Own Destruction
Rearing Wolves to Our Own Destruction

Slavery in Richmond Virginia, 1782–1865

Takagi, Midori

RICHMOND WAS NOT only the capital of Virginia and of the Confederacy; it was also one of the most industrialized cities south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Boasting ironworks,...


Migrants against Slavery
Migrants against Slavery

Virginians and the Nation

Schwarz, Philip J.

A significant number of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Virginians migrated north and west with the intent of extricating themselves from a slave society. All sought some...


Segregation's Science
Segregation's Science

Eugenics and Society in Virginia

Dorr, Gregory Michael

Blending social, intellectual, legal, medical, gender, and cultural history, Segregation's Science: Eugenics and Society in Virginia examines how eugenic theory and...


We Face the Dawn
We Face the Dawn

Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow

Edds, Margaret

The decisive victories in the fight for racial equality in America were not easily won, much less inevitable; they were achieved through carefully conceived strategy and the...


A New Plantation South
A New Plantation South

Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in Twentieth-Century Arkansas

Whayne, Jeannie M.

Jeannie M. Whayne traces the emergence of a transformed southern plantation system in the Arkansas delta decades after the end of the Civil War. By manipulating laws and...


Bitter Fruits of Bondage
Bitter Fruits of Bondage

The Demise of Slavery and the Collapse of the Confederacy, 1861–1865

Robinson, Armstead L.

Bitter Fruits of Bondage is the late Armstead L. Robinson’s magnum opus, a controversial history that explodes orthodoxies on both sides of the historical debate over why the...


Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery
Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery
Goings, Henry, Schermerhorn, Calvin, Plunkett, Michael, Gaynor, Edward

Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery tells of an extraordinary life in and out of slavery in the United States and Canada. Born Elijah Turner in the Virginia...


Freedom Has a Face
Freedom Has a Face

Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson's Virginia

von Daacke, Kirt

In his examination of a wide array of court papers from Albemarle County, a rural Virginia slaveholding community, Kirt von Daacke argues against the commonly held belief that...


Cultivation and Culture
Cultivation and Culture

Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas

Berlin, Ira, Morgan, Philip D.

So central was labor in the lives of African-American slaves that it has often been taken for granted, with little attention given to the type of work that slaves did and the...


Word, Like Fire
Word, Like Fire

Maria Stewart, the Bible, and the Rights of African Americans

Cooper, Valerie C.

Maria Stewart is believed by many to have been the first American woman of any race to give public political speeches. In Word, Like Fire, Valerie C. Cooper argues that...


Virginia Landmarks of Black History
Virginia Landmarks of Black History

Sites on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places

Loth, Calder

The 64 sites described in this book are a testament to the contribution that African-Americans have made to Virginia history over the last four centuries. The buildings they...


Black Prisoners and Their World, Alabama, 1865-1900
Curtin, Mary Ellen

In the late nineteenth century, prisoners in Alabama, the vast majority of them African Americans, were forced to work as coal miners under the most horrendous conditions...


Keep On Keeping On
Keep On Keeping On

The NAACP and the Implementation of Brown v. Board of Education in Virginia

Daugherity, Brian J.

Virginia was a battleground state in the struggle to implement Brown v. Board of Education, with one of the South’s largest and strongest NAACP units fighting against a...


A Little Child Shall Lead Them
A Little Child Shall Lead Them

A Documentary Account of the Struggle for School Desegregation in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Daugherity, Brian J., Grogan, Brian

In the twentieth-century struggle for racial equality, there was perhaps no setting more fraught and contentious than the public schools of the American south. In Prince Edward...


A House Divided
A House Divided

Slavery and Emancipation in Delaware, 1638–1865

Essah, Patience

Delaware stood outside the primary streams of New World emancipation. Despite slavery's virtual demise in that state during the antebellum years and Delaware's staunch Unionism...


Schooling Jim Crow
Schooling Jim Crow

The Fight for Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics

Driskell, Jay Winston Jr.

In 1919 the NAACP organized a voting bloc powerful enough to compel the city of Atlanta to budget $1.5 million for the construction of schools for black students. This victory...


Enterprising Southerners
Enterprising Southerners

Black Economic Success in North Carolina 1865-1915

Kenzer, Robert C.

Surprisingly, there existed a small population of southern blacks who experienced economic gains in the fifty years following the Civil War. This book examines the...


Criminal Injustice
Criminal Injustice

Slaves and Free Blacks in Georgia's Criminal Justice System

McNair, Glenn

Criminal Injustice: Slaves and Free Blacks in Georgia’s Criminal Justice System is the most comprehensive study of the criminal justice system of a slave state to date. McNair...


Strategies for Survival
Strategies for Survival

Recollections of Bondage in Antebellum Virginia

Dusinberre, William

Strategies for Survival conveys the experience of bondage through the words of former slaves themselves. The interviews—conducted in Virginia in 1937 by WPA...


Freedom Summer
Freedom Summer
Belfrage, Sally

Freedom Summer is a richly detailed account of a young white woman who participated in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's summer project in Mississippi in...


The Punitive Turn
The Punitive Turn

New Approaches to Race and Incarceration

McDowell, Deborah E., Harold, Claudrena N., Battle, Juan

The Punitive Turn explores the historical, political, economic, and sociocultural roots of mass incarceration, as well as its collateral costs and consequences. Giving...