A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of slaves.
Many Thousands Gone by Ira Berlin
Many Thousands Gone traces the evolution of Black society from the first arrivals in the early seventeenth century through the Revolution.
The Price for Their Pound of Flesh by Daina Ramey Berry
Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America.
Carry Me Back by Steven Deyle
Originating with the birth of the nation itself, in many respects, the story of the domestic slave trade is also the story of the early United States.
Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
A startling and eye-opening look into America's First Family, Never Caught is the powerful story about a daring woman of "extraordinary grit".
Lose Your Mother by Saidiya Hartman
In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman retraces the history of the Atlantic slave trade from the fifteenth to the twentieth century and reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy
Scenes of Subjection by Saidiya Hartman
In this provocative and original exploration of racial subjugation during slavery and its aftermath, Saidiya Hartman illumines the forms of terror and resistance that shaped black identity.
Soul by Soul by Walter Johnson
Taking us inside the New Orleans slave market, the largest in the nation, where 100,000 men, women, and children were packaged, priced, and sold, Walter Johnson transforms the statistics of this chilling trade into the human drama of traders, buyers, and slaves, negotiating sales that would alter the life of each.
They Were Her Property by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that slave-owning women were sophisticated economic actors who directly engaged in and benefited from the South's slave market.
Joining Places by Anthony E. Kaye
In this new interpretation of antebellum slavery, Anthony Kaye offers a vivid portrait of slaves transforming adjoining plantations into slave neighborhoods.
Laboring Women by Jennifer L. Morgan
When Black women were brought from Africa to the New World as slave laborers, their value was determined by their ability to work as well as their potential to bear children, who by law would become the enslaved property of the mother's master.
Scraping By by Seth Rockman
Seth Rockman considers the diverse workforce of post-Revolutionary Baltimore, exploring how race, sex, nativity, and legal status determined the economic opportunities and vulnerabilities of working families in the early republic.
Slave Country by Adam Rothman
Adam Rothman explores how slavery flourished in a new nation dedicated to the principle of equality among free men, and reveals the enormous consequences of U.S. expansion into the region that became the Deep South.
Saltwater Slavery by Stephanie E. Smallwood
Stephanie E. Smallwood offers a penetrating look at the process of enslavement from its African origins through the Middle Passage and into the American slave market.