From the earliest period in America's history, slavery shaped the way the
nation developed. The people who were captured and sold into perpetual labor
tilled the land, raised the crops, shod the horses, nursed the young-their
own and their masters'-and gave their lives in every one of America's wars.
Many Americans today are the descendants of slaves or slave-owners, or both.
American culture owes much to the traditions of its African immigrants.
This reader explores the institution, laws, and practice of slavery.
- includes eyewitness accounts, slave narratives, and interviews
- offers historical perspectives on the institution of slavery
- documents the history of slavery in America with print and photographs