Among the most pernicious myths about slavery in America is that the enslaved wore their chains quietly. This engrossing book, which draws heavily upon primary sources, explores the many ways that slaves fought against their captors, including courageous daylight warfare and daring nighttime escapes.
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Grade 9-12-- This book will force many readers to reexamine their assumptions about American history. Katz's objective is to lay to rest, through the use of primary-source material, widely accepted myths about the institution of slavery in the U. S. According to Katz, those myths--that slaves loved their masters and were happy in their bondage, and that (with few exceptions) blacks never rebelled or vociferously protested their situation--were perpetrated by white slave owners and given credence by their acceptance by noted historians. The power of the text's content is made even more impressive by the many black-and-white photographs and reproductions. Katz gives a touching yet compelling picture of slave life on plantations and in cities. He includes interesting and little-known bits of black history, such as the alliance between blacks and native Americans, as well as rare moments of humor. Tracing the history of slavery from its American inception through the Civil War, Katz does an admirable job of showing the impact of this "peculiar institution" not only on such areas as music and religion, but on the whole fabric of American history and race relations. Young adults will be fascinated and better informed for having experienced this book. --Rosie Peasley, Somerset School, Modesto, CA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Illustrated with prints and photos, this history book "masterfully steers the reader step by step through the astonishing forms of resistance, both active and passive, offered by blacks?free men as well as slaves," said PW. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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