The History of American Slavery
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The History of American Slavery

Emancipation Happened Because the Enslaved Made It Happen

Blogging DuBois’ Black Reconstruction, Chapters 4 and 5: The General Strike and The Coming of the Lord.

Dec. 7 2016 3:27 PMThe Psychological Effect of Slavery on the Slave OwnerBlogging DuBois’s Black Reconstruction, chapter 3: “The Planter.”
Oct. 28 2015 3:23 PMThe Aftermath of FreedomRead a transcript of the History of American Slavery, Episode 9. 
Oct. 13 2015 3:34 PMHow Did American Slavery End?History of American Slavery, Episode 9: The long process of emancipation.
Sept. 22 2015 5:21 PMRunaway RailroadHistory of American Slavery, Episode 8: Our sometimes mythical memory of the Underground Railroad, and why the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 propelled the country toward war.
Aug. 6 2015 9:23 AMWhat Happened When Slaves RebelledHistory of American Slavery, Episode 5: How the frontier was really settled, and the volatile conditions that ripened it for rebellion.
July 14 2015 1:50 PMThe Family Life of the Enslaved: Episode 4 TranscriptRead a transcript of The History of American Slavery, Episode 4.
June 18 2015 5:48 PMSlavery During America’s RevolutionRead a transcript of the History of American Slavery, Episode 3.
May 19 2015 10:29 AMSlave or Enslaved PersonIt’s not just an academic debate for historians of American slavery.
Dec. 1 2016 2:48 PMBlogging DuBois’ Black Reconstruction“The Black Worker” and “The White Worker.”
Oct. 14 2015 4:16 PMLess Guilt, More ActionWhat I learned from making Slate’s History of American Slavery series.
Sept. 23 2015 3:01 PMOn the RunRead a transcript of the History of American Slavery, Episode 8.
Sept. 3 2015 10:59 AMTo Do No Harm?History of American Slavery, Episode 7: What modern medicine gained from slavery, and how slaveholders sought to legitimize their ideology through science.
July 24 2015 12:31 PMWho Should Tell the Story of Slavery?Read a transcript of Henry Louis Gates’ appearance on the History of American Slavery, a Slate Academy.
July 9 2015 12:20 PMThe Family Life of Enslaved PeopleHistory of American Slavery, Episode 4: What happened when Thomas Jefferson and other slaveholders tore apart the families they owned.
June 17 2015 3:25 AMThe Hypocrisy of America’s RevolutionHistory of American Slavery, Episode 3: Slavery during the Revolutionary War and Elizabeth Freeman’s groundbreaking “freedom suit.”