Slavery was not universally endorsed, but it became a part of the economic fabric of the nation. Riots and rebellions alarmed owners and strengthened the resolve of those who worked toward the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of the men, women, and children deemed “property” and valued as only three-fifths of a human. It took a civil war to achieve the goal of freedom for all, and decades of work that continues to this day, to gain and defend the civil rights and liberties afforded to all citizens. The two-volume set includes in-depth chapters that provide a thorough commentary of significant primary source documents, including:
- David Walker’s Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World
- Nellie Norton, or Southern Slavery and the Bible
- The Missouri Compromise
- The Boston Riot, by Charles Sumner
- Lucy Stanton, “A Plea for the Oppressed”
- The Emancipation Proclamation
Each commentary includes these helpful subheads that guide the reader; Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis and discussion of Essential Themes.