Feb 24, 2013 — Philida, a slave, is promised her freedom by her owner, who is also the father of her children. But the promise is broken and she takes the matter into her own hands, in this novel by acclaimed South African novelist Andre Brink that was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Oct 18, 2012 — In Master of the Mountain, historian Henry Wiencek uses an explosive interpretation of evidence to show how, by the 1780s, Founding Father and slave owner Thomas Jefferson had gone from championing equality to rationalizing an abomination.
Jul 16, 2012 — In Help Me to Find My People, Heather Andrea Williams uses artifacts from the post-Civil War era to explore the emotional toll of separation on families during slavery, and of their arduous journeys to reconnect.
May 15, 2012 — Lawrence Jackson went through most of his life not knowing much about his family history, but when he had a child, he wanted to pass along a family tree. His search took him across Virginia, where he found out more than he ever expected.
Mar 13, 2012 — In a new book, historian Harold Holzer explores the carefully calibrated timing and delivery of Lincoln's ultimatum to the rebellious states. Though the proclamation has been criticized as weak, Holzer says that Lincoln did what he had to do to make the order palatable in a perilous time.
Mar 2, 2011 — For the contemporary woman, feminist classics don't always do the trick — most of us believe there's more to life than marriage or madness. To kick off Women's History Month, author Stephanie Staal suggests three books about mold-breaking heroines, sure to inspire your inner feminist.
Feb 21, 2011 — Abraham Lincoln always thought slavery was unjust — but struggled with what to do once slavery ended. Historian Eric Foner traces how Lincoln's thoughts about slavery — and freed slaves — mirrored America's own transformation in The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.
Oct 11, 2010 — Abraham Lincoln always thought slavery was unjust — but struggled with what to do once slavery ended. Historian Eric Foner traces how Lincoln's thoughts about slavery — and freed slaves — mirrored America's own transformation in The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.
Feb 23, 2010 — When author John Wray is looking for an escape, he doesn't search for a world filled with giants and wands. Instead, he dives into Riddley Walker's post-apocalyptic England. Even this grim, mutant-filled world is riddled with surprising shocks of recognition.
Feb 2, 2010 — The legend of Spartacus has inspired so many fanciful retellings, it's easy to lose track of what actually happened back in 73 BC. In The Spartacus War, Barry Strauss gives a historical account of the charismatic rebel who inspired a slave revolt against Rome.