Slavery Reading List

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    Given current events I’ve become interested in making a reading list to learn about the history of slavery, racism, and police brutality in America. I’m a Brit so anything about slavery in the British Empire would also interest me.

    So far I have been recommended some Thomas Sowell books: Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Race and Culture, and Economic Facts and Fallacies.

    I’d love to hear if anyone has any suggestions for me. I must confess I haven’t been through much of the Liberty Classroom content yet, so if there are relevant modules I would check those out of course.


    For an introduction, Kolchin, American Slavery.

    For a sweeping synthesis, Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll.

    For the three major American slave systems, Berlin, Many Thousands Gone.

    For slavery’s cultural impact, Sobel, The World They Made Together.

    An excellent and enlightening comparative account is Kolchin, Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom.

    I also quite like Genovese, The Slaveholders’ Dilemma.

    The classic treatment of 100+ years ago is Phillips, American Negro Slavery.

    Taylor’s The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 is well written and of inherent interest.

    If you want suggestions on any other subtopics, just ask.


    Thanks professor. That looks like a great list…should keep me busy for quite a while!

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