U.s. History - Antebellum Period 1840-1860
12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery
12 Years a Slave
A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery
Paperback      ISBN: 1843914719
The astonishing memoir of a free man who was sold into slavery in Louisiana where he was kept for 12 years—a powerful, riveting condemnation of slavery, and a story soon to be introduced to a new audience through a major film Tricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York state in 1841, Solomon Northup was instead drugged and kidnapped. Threatened with death, Northup was forced to assume a new name and fake past. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague ship, he was initially sold to a cotton planter. In the 12 years that followed he was sold to many different owners who treated him with varying levels of savagery, including forced labor, scant food, and numerous beatings. Eventually Northup succeeded in contacting Samuel Bass, a white carpenter whom he knew to be sympathetic to the cause of black people. Bass contacted Northup's family and together they gained the necessary paperwork to travel to Louisiana to retrieve him. Northup pressed charges against his captors but in a triumph of irony the case was heard in Washington—meaning that as a black man he could not testify against the accused (in the end they were able to countersue him.) A true-life testament to tremendous courage and tenacity in the face of unfathomable injustice, Northup's account is also of extreme interest due to the meticulous recordings of slave life. Unique in its firsthand nature, the book became a runaway bestseller.

All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship
All Standing
The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship
Paperback      ISBN: 1451610157
Citing the high number of Irish citizens who died from poor conditions on ships carrying them to North America away from the harrowing 19th-century Irish Potato Famine, the story of an infant born at sea documents the efforts of crewpeople and thousands of passengers to secure everyone's survival through acts of heroism and human decency.

At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union
At the Edge of the Precipice
Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union
Compact Disc      ISBN: 1441740244
The author of the National Book Award-winning biography The Life of Andrew Jackson recounts the Compromise of 1850, a titanic act of political will that only a skillful statesman like Henry Clay could broker. By a winner of the Spur Award for western nonfiction. Simultaneous. Book available.
At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union
At the Edge of the Precipice
Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union
Compact Disc      ISBN: 1441740252
The author of the National Book Award-winning biography The Life of Andrew Jackson recounts the Compromise of 1850, a titanic act of political will that only a skillful statesman like Henry Clay could broker. By a winner of the Spur Award for western nonfiction. Simultaneous. Book available.
Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad
Beyond the River
The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad
Paperback      ISBN: 0684870665
Traces the story of early abolitionist leader John Rankin, from his writings to his slave owner brother, which later became Letters on American Slavery; to his contributions on the free side of the Ohio River; to the sensational 1830s trial that threatened his large family. Reprint.
The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina
The Counterrevolution of Slavery
Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina
Paperback      ISBN: 0807848840
Challenging works that portray secession as a fight for white liberty, Sinha (Afro-American studies and history, U. of Massachusetts- Amherst) argues that secession was a conservative, antidemocratic movement to protect and perpetuate racial slavery. She discusses major crises of the era, including nullification and the conflict over the expansion of slavery into western territories; reevaluates the movement to reopen the African slave trade in the 1850s; and reveals the central role played by South Carolina planter politicians in developing proslavery ideology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Crisis of the House Divided
An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Paperback      ISBN: 0226391183
Crisis of the House Divided is the standard historiography of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Harry Jaffa provides the definitive analysis of the political principles that guided Lincoln from his reentry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 1858. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication, Jaffa has provided a new introduction. "Crisis of the House Divided has shaped the thought of a generation of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War scholars."—Mark E. Needly, Jr., Civil War History "An important book about one of the great episodes in the history of the sectional controversy. It breaks new ground and opens a new view of Lincoln's significance as a political thinker."—T. Harry Williams, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences "A searching and provocative analysis of the issues confronted and the ideas expounded in the great debates. . . . A book which displays such learning and insight that it cannot fail to excite the admiration even of scholars who disagree with its major arguments and conclusions."—D. E. Fehrenbacher, American Historical Review
Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South
Debating Slavery
Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521571588
Even while slavery existed, Americans debated slavery. Was it a profitable and healthy institution? If so, for whom? The abolition of slavery in 1865 did not end this debate, and it still remains among the most hotly disputed topics in American history. Smith outlines the main contours of this debate, summarizes the contending viewpoints, and weighs the relative importance, strengths and weaknesses of the various interpretations. This book introduces an important topic in American history in a manner that is accessible to students.
Don Troiani's American Battles: The Art of the Nation at War, 1754-1865
Don Troiani's American Battles
The Art of the Nation at War, 1754-1865
Paperback      ISBN: 0811712745
- Now in paperback - 80 percent of the book features Civil War battles - Lavishly illustrated with Troiani's masterful artwork, including those found in private collections - Contributors include some of military history's biggest names, such as Stephen W. Sears, Robert K. Krick, and the late Brian Pohanka

Escape on the Pearl: The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad
Escape on the Pearl
The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad
Paperback      ISBN: 0060786604
Traces the harrowing and failed 1848 escape attempt of more than seventy slaves, an event that threw Washington, D.C., into turmoil and galvanized the debate over slavery in Congress, in a narrative account that focuses on the freedom quest of teenage sisters Mary and Emily Edmonson. Reprint.