Selected Bibliography

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Berlin, Ira. Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003 

Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. New York: Belknap Press, 2000

Cooper, William J. Liberty and Slavery: Southern Politics to 1860. Charleston: The University of South Carolina Press, 2000 

Davis, David Brion. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008 

Davis, David Brion. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2014

Davis, David Brion. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1999

Davis, David Brion. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008 

DeRamus, Betty. Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad. New York: Atria Books, 2005

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870. New York: Dover Publications, 1999.

Finkelman, Paul. Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson. Armonk, N.Y: M.E. Sharpe, 2001 

Finkelman, Paul. Supreme Injustice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018.

Franklin, John Hope. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Franklin, John Hope, and Loren Schweninger. Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999 

French, Scot. The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. 

Grandin, Greg. The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2014

Halpern, Rick and Enrico Dal Lago, eds. Slavery and Emancipation. New York: Wiley, 2002

Halpern, Rick, ed. Slavery and Emancipation. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2002.

Holt, Michael F. The Fate of Their Country: Politicians, Slavery Extension, and the Coming of the Civil War. New York: Hill and Wang, 2005

Horton, James Oliver, and Lois E. Horton. Slavery and the Making of America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005

Hughes, Louis. Thirty Years a Slave, From Bondage to Freedom: The Institution of Slavery as Seen on the Plantation and in the Home of the Planter: Autobiography of Louis Hughes. San Jose: American Digital Services, 2012 [reprint of the original text]

Jacobs, Harriet Ann. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself
New York: Simon & Brown, 2103

Johnson, Walter.  A River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2013.  

Kolchin, Peter. American Slavery: 1619-1877. New York: Hill and Wang, 2003

Oakes, James. The Scorpion’s Sting:  Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War. 
New York:  W. W. Norton, 2014

Oakes, James. Freedom National:  The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865. New York:  W. W. Norton, 2014

Oakes, James. The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007

Oakes, James. Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South. New York: Knopf, 1990.

Oakes, James. The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders. New York: Knopf, 1982. Second edition published by WW Norton, 1998

Olmstead, Frederick. The Cotton Kingdom. New York: Applewood Books, 2008 [reprint of 1858 edition]

Onuf, Peter S., ed. Jeffersonian Legacies. Virginia: University Press of Virginia, 1993

Onuf, Peter S. The Mind of Thomas Jefferson. Virginia: University Press of Virginia, 2007

Onuf, Peter S. Thomas Jefferson: An Anthology. Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 1999

Schneider, Dorothy. Slavery in America: From Colonial Times to the Civil War: An Eyewitness History. New York: Facts on File, 2000

Schwartz, Marie Jenkins. Born in Bondage: Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum South. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2000

Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling. A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Washington, Booker T. The Story of the Negro: The Rise of the Race from Slavery. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005

White, Deborah Gray. Ar'n't I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South. Rev. ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999

Weincek, Henry. Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012 

Wiencek, Henry. An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004

Yetman, Norman R. When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection. New York: Dover, 2002


Arkin, Marc M. “The Federalist Trope: Power and Passion in Abolitionist Rhetoric.” Journal of American History 88 (June 2001): 75-98.  

Blackburn, Robin. “The Old World Background to European Colonial Slavery.” The William and Mary Quarterly 54 (1997): 65-102.

Chan, Michael D. “Alexander Hamilton on Slavery.” The Review of Politics 66 (Spring 2004): 207-31.  

Egerton, Douglas R. “Markets without a Market Revolution: Southern Planters and Capitalism.” Journal of the Early Republic 16 (Summer 1996): 207-21.  

Feller, Daniel, “A Brother in Arms: Benjamin Tappan and the Antislavery Democracy,” Journal of American History. 88:1 (June 2001): 48-66.  

Follett, Richard. “Slavery and Plantation Capitalism in Louisiana’s Sugar Country.” American Nineteenth Century History 1 (Autumn 2000): 1-27.  

Ford, Lacy. “Reconfiguring the Old South: “Solving” the Problem of Slavery, 1787-1838.”  Journal of American History 95 (June 2008): 95-122. 

Grant, Jordan. “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty.” Journal of American History 100 (June 2013): 158-162. 

Hahn, Steven. “Capitalists All!” Reviews in American History 11 (June 1983): 219-25.

Hammond, John Craig. “‘They Are Very Much Interested in Obtaining an Unlimited Slavery’: Rethinking the Expansion of Slavery in the Louisiana Purchase Territories, 1803-1805.” 

Hodin, Stephen B. “The Mechanisms of Monticello: Saving Labour in Jefferson’s America. Journal of the Early Republic 26 (Fall 2006): 377-418.  

Huebner, Timothy S. “Roger B. Taney and the Slavery Issue: Looking Beyond—and before—Dred Scott.” Journal of American History 97 (June 2010): 17-38. 

Johnson, Walter. “The Slave Trader, the White Slave, and the Politics of Racial Determination in the 1850s.” Journal of American History 87 (June 2000): 13-38.  

Keil, Hartmut. “Francis Lieber’s Attitudes on Race, Slavery, and Abolition.” Journal of American Ethnic History 28 (Fall 2008): 13-33. 

Kolchin, Peter. “Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860.” Journal of American Ethnic History 18 (Winter 1999): 111-121. 

Levine, Bruce. “Conservatism, Nativism, and Slavery: Thomas R. Whitney and the Origins of the Know-Nothing Party.” Journal of American History 88 (September 2001): 455-483. 

Magnis, Nicholas. “Thomas Jefferson and Slavery: An Analysis of His Racist Thinking as Revealed by His Writings and Political Behavior.” Journal of Black Studies 29 (March 1999): 491-509.  

Oakes, James, “Conflict Vs. Racial Consensus in the History of Antislavery Politics,” in John Craig Hammond and Matthew Mason, eds., Contesting Slavery:  The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation (Charlottesville, 2011), 291-303.

Oakes, James, “Natural Rights, Citizenship Rights, State Rights, and Black Rights: Another Look at Lincoln and Race,” in Eric Foner, ed., Our Lincoln (New York: W. W. Norton: November, 2008), 109-134.

Oakes, James, ‘Whom Have I Oppressed’: The Pursuit of Happiness and the Happy Slave,” in James Horn, et al, The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 2003), 220-239.

Oakes, James, “The Peculiar Fate of the Bourgeois Critique of Slavery,” in Winthrop D. Jordan, ed., Slavery and the American South (Oxford, Mississippi: University of Mississippi Press, 2002), 29-48.

Oakes, James, “Kenneth Stampp's Peculiar Reputation,” in Glenn Feldman, ed., Reading Southern History: Essays on Interpreters and Interpretations (Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 2001), 202-211.

Ross, Dorothy. “Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation: Universalism, Nationalism, Exceptionalism.” Journal of American History 96 (September 2009): 379-399.  

Stevenson, Brenda. “Marsa Never Sot Aunt Rebecca Down”: Enslaved Women Religion, and Social Power in the Antebellum South.” Journal of American History 90 (Fall 2005): 345-367. 

Stucky, Sterling, “Reflections on the Scholarship of African Origins and Influence in American Slavery.” Journal of American History 91 (Fall 2006): 425-443. 

Wayne, Michael. “An Old South Morality Play: Reconsidering the Social Underpinnings of the Proslavery Ideology.” Journal of American History 77 (December 1990): 838-863. 

Wright, Donald R. “Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and ‘Race’ in New England, 1780-1860.” Journal of American Ethnic History 20 (Fall 2000): 78-81.