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James DeWolf and the Rhode Island Slave Trade
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

James DeWolf and the Rhode Island Slave Trade

Over thirty thousand slaves were brought to the shores of colonial America on ships owned and captained by James DeWolf. When the United States took action to abolish slavery, this Bristol native manipulated the legal system and became actively involved in Rhode Island politics in order to pursue his trading ventures. He served as a member of the House of Representatives in the state of Rhode Island and as a United States senator, all while continuing the slave trade years after passage of the Federal Slave Trade Act of 1808. DeWolf's political power and central role in sustaining the state's economy allowed him to evade prosecution from local and federal authorities--even on counts of murder. Through archival records, author Cynthia Mestad Johnson uncovers the secrets of James DeWolf and tells an unsettling story of corruption and exploitation in the Ocean State from slave ships to politics.

Bristol, Rhode Island
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 172

Bristol, Rhode Island

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1930
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Inheriting the Trade
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 262

Inheriting the Trade

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008-01-01
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  • Publisher: Beacon Press

Follows Thomas DeWolf and other members of his family as they travel to New England, West Africa, and Cuba to learn about the horrors of the slave trade, a business in which their ancestors were deeply involved.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 89

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Manual for CD ROM which contains records of 27,233 trans-Atlantic slave ship voyages made between 1595 and 1866. Format allows users to track information by time period and geographic region, and includes interactive maps that allow viewers to chart the trans-Atlantic connections. The accompanying data contains materials about people on board, owners and captains, ships' characteristics, and the geographic trajectory of each voyage.

Sons of Providence
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 400

Sons of Providence

A dual portrait of robber baron John Brown and his social reformist Quaker brother, Moses, traces their lives in pre-Revolutionary War America and provides coverage of their political partnership, disparate views on slavery, and co-founding of Brown University. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Atlas of Slavery
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

Atlas of Slavery

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-06-11
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Slavery transformed Africa, Europe and the Americas and hugely-enhanced the well-being of the West but the subject of slavery can be hard to understand because of its huge geographic and chronological span. This book uses a unique atlas format to present the story of slavery, explaining its historical importance and making this complex story and its geographical setting easy to understand.

Gather at the Table
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

Gather at the Table

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-10-09
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  • Publisher: Beacon Press

Two people—a black woman and a white man—confront the legacy of slavery and racism head-on “We embarked on this journey because we believe America must overcome the racial barriers that divide us, the barriers that drive us to strike out at one another out of ignorance and fear. To do nothing is unacceptable.” Sharon Leslie Morgan, a black woman from Chicago’s South Side avoids white people; they scare her. Despite her trepidation, Morgan, a descendent of slaves on both sides of her family, began a journey toward racial reconciliation with Thomas Norman DeWolf, a white man from rural Oregon who descends from the largest slave-trading dynasty in US history. Over a three-year period,...

Slavery and the Making of America
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 254

Slavery and the Making of America

The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slaves themselves. Readers will discover a wide ranging and sharply nuanced look at American slavery, from the first Africans brought to British colonies in the early seventeenth century to the end of Reconstruction. The authors document the horrors of slavery, particularly in the deep South, and describe the valiant struggles to escape bondage, from dramatic tales of slaves such as William and Ellen Craft to Dred Sco...

Dark Work
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

Dark Work

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-03-06
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

Historians have written expansively about the slave economy and its vital role in early American economic life. In Dark Work, Christy Clark-Pujara tells the story of one state in particular whose role was outsized: Rhode Island. Like their northern neighbors, Rhode Islanders bought and sold slaves and supplies that sustained plantations throughout the Americas; however, nowhere else was this business so important. During the colonial period trade with West Indian planters provided Rhode Islanders with molasses, the key ingredient for their number one export: rum. More than 60 percent of all the slave ships that left North America left from Rhode Island. During the antebellum period Rhode Isl...

Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island

Espionage played a vital role during the American Revolution in Rhode Island. The British and Americans each employed spies to discover the secrets, plans and positions of their enemy. Continental navy lieutenant John Trevett dressed as an ordinary sailor, grew out his beard and went from tavern to tavern in Newport gathering intelligence. Metcalf Bowler became a traitor on the order of Benedict Arnold, as he spied for the British while serving as a Patriot leader in Providence. Disguised as a peddler, Ann Bates spied for the British during the Rhode Island Campaign. When caught, one spy paid with his life, while others suffered in jail. Author Christian M. McBurney, for the first time, unravels the world of spies and covert operations in Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War.