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#CharlestonSyllabus Research Guide

A curated guide on racial violence and race relations in the US based on readings compiled by African-American scholars following the devastating events of June 2015 in Charleston, SC.

Slavery in the US South

John Hope Franklin, The Militant South, 1800-1861 (1956)

John W. Blassingame, The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South (1972)

Eugene Genovese, Roll Jordan, Roll: the World the Slaves Made (1974)

Deborah Gray White, Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South (1985)

William Dusinberre, Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps (1996)

Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family (1998)

T.H. Breen, Myne Owne Ground: Race and Freedom on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, 1640-1676 (1980)

Brenda Stevenson, Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (1996)

Michael Angelo Gomez, Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South (1998)

Noralee Frankel, Freedom’s Women: Black Women and Families in Civil War Era Mississippi (1999)

Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (1999)

Sally Hadden, Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas (2001)

Sharla M. Fett, Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations (2002)

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century (2002)

Dylan C. Penningroth, The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South (2003)

Stephanie Camp, Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South (2004)

David Brion Davis, Inhuman Bondage: the Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World (2006)

Daina Ramey Berry, Swing the Sickle for the Harvest is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia (2007)

Thavolia Glymph, Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (2009)

Adam Rothman, Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery (2015)