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African Americans in Michigan

By: Lewis Walker, Benjamin C. Wilson, Linwood Cousins

Price: $11.95

Publisher: Michigan State University Press: 2001

Seller ID: 13583X

ISBN: 087013583X

Condition: 63 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, Notes, illustrations, bibliography, paperback, Michigan State University Press


African Americans, as free laborers and as slaves, were among the earliest permanent residents of Michigan, settling among the French, British, and Native people with whom they worked and farmed. Lewis Walker and Benjamin Wilson recount the long history of African American communities in Michigan, delineating their change over time, as migrants from the South, East, and overseas made their homes in the state. Moreover, the authors show how Michigan's development is inext... View more info

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Full Circle: A Directory of Native and African Americans, Windham County, Connecticut, 1650-1900

By: Marcella Houle Pasay

Price: $57.50

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: P2015

ISBN: 788420151

Condition: 2002, 5½x8½, paper, 2 vols., 809 pp, Heritage Books


Information gleaned from hundreds of sources, including census records, vitals, church records, selectmen’s minutes, seamen’s certificates, military records from the National Archives, court records and diaries, to name just a few, provides historians, scholars and family researchers with the data necessary to track early Indian and colored individuals and families. The appendices include: Rosters of veterans from the Colonial period through the Civil War; a detailed... View more info

The Bones of My Ancestors

By: Margaret Durham

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: D3586

ISBN: 788435868

Condition: 2004, 5½x8½, paper, 168 pp, Heritage Books


The story of the Rev. Landon Cheek, his wife Rachel of the Yao, an African ethnic group and their descendants and their search for their African connections. View more info

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African American Manumissions of Washington County, Maryland

By: Marsha Lynne Fuller, CG

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: F0716

ISBN: 1585497169

Condition: (1997), 2001, 5½x8½, paper, index, 265 pp, Heritage Books


This is an essential source book for anyone researching African American ancestors. Washington County was in the middle of two major migratory routes, the National Road and the southern access to the Valley of Virginia. The manumission documents include names and full physical description of the ancestor. They frequently include dates and places of birth as well as names of children. Records are from 1806 to 1862. This work is a full text of courthouse documents in ... View more info

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Civil War and Living History Reenacting About “People of Color”. How to Begin, What to Wear, Why Reenact

By: Mary L. Jackson Fears

Price: $28.50

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: F2513

ISBN: 788425137

Condition: 2004, 8½x11, paper, index, 178 pp, Heritage Books


Love history? Why not live it? Reenacting history is more than just an exciting pastime; it is a powerful educational medium that breathes life into our heritage. This guide will inspire African-Americans to attend Civil War battle reenactments and join in the living history experience as reenactors representing either military roles or civilians in non-combat roles. Discussions include the basic requirements of this hobby and the rationale for participating, but reenact... View more info

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Mississippi to Africa: A Journey of Discovery

By: Melvin J. Collier

Price: $28.00

Publisher: Heritage Books, Inc:

Seller ID: C4761

ISBN: 0788447610

Condition: 2008, 6x9, paper, index, 298 pp, Heritage Books, Inc


Mississippi to Africa captures Collier's fourteen-year journey in excavating the buried history of his maternal grandmother's family-a journey that took him back seven generations, from northern Mississippi to the Piedmont hills of South Carolina, and even back to a specific people and region in West Africa where his ancestry undoubtedly began. Trekking the paths of his ancestors and their displaced relatives before Emancipation (1863), this emotion-filled journey traver... View more info

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Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South

By: Michael P. Johnson and James L. Roark

Price: $17.95

Publisher: W. W. Norton: 1986

Seller ID: 303144

ISBN: 0-393-30314-4

Condition: 424 pages, 5 x 8, paperback, W. W. Norton


In 1860, when four million African Americans were enslaved, a quarter-million others, including William Ellison, were "free people of color." But Ellison was remarkable. Born a slave, his experience spans the history of the South from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. In a day when most Americans, black and white, worked the soil, barely scraping together a living, Ellison was a cotton-gin maker-a master craftsman. When ... View more info

CD: An Index to Signatures of Deposit for the Freedman’s Savings and Loan Bank, 1865-1869, for the State of Mississippi : Columbia, Natchez and Vicksburg (Mississippi)

By: Nettie Nesbary, Betty Craft, Lettie Sabbs and Karen Massey

Price: $20.50

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: CD1263

ISBN: 788412639

Condition: 1999, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, v6, PC and Mac, 134 pp, Heritage Books


An Index to the Signatures of Deposit for the Freedman's Savings and Loan Bank, 1865-1869, for the State of Mississippi: Columbia, Natchez and Vicksburg by Nettie Nesbary, Betty Craft, Lettie Sabbs & Karen Massey. Now available on CD-ROM! This book indexes records of the Freedman's Savings and Loan Bank, which was begun after the Civil War to provide black Union troops with a place to deposit their wages and bounties. It consists of three indices of Registers of Signatur... View more info

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When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection

By: Norman R. Yetman

Price: $2.50

Publisher: Dover Publications:

Seller ID: 420701

ISBN: 0486420701

Condition: 157 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, Dover Publications


More than 2,000 interviews with former slaves, who, in blunt, simple language, provide often-startling first-person accounts of their lives in bondage. Includes some of the most detailed, compelling, and engrossing life histories in the Slave Narrative Collection, a project funded by the U.S. Government. An illuminating source of information that not only tells about life in the South before, during, and after the Civil War but also preserves the opinions and perspective... View more info

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The Heritage of Blacks in North Carolina, Volume 1, 1990

By: North Carolina African-American Heritage Foundation

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: N0012

ISBN: 912081120

Condition: 1990, 8½x11, cloth, 504 pp, Heritage Books


This is the first known attempt by any group, organization or individual to collect the personal genealogical studies of a statewide group of Afro-Americans and present these materials in volume form. Forward by Alex Haley. This collection of African-American stories contains representations from 85% of North Carolina counties. View more info

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1850 Fairfax County and Loudoun County, Virginia, Slave Schedule

By: Patricia B. Duncan

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: D0820

ISBN: 1585498203

Condition: 2003, 5½x8½, paper, index, 103 pp , Heritage Books


These records were transcribed from National Archives microfilms of the Fairfax County, Virginia, and Loudoun County, Virginia, Population Schedules of the Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Second Series, Slave Population. Each page contains two columns of entries which contain some or all of the following information: Names of slave owners, page number, number of slave, age, sex, color, fugitive from the state, number manumitted, deaf & dumb, blind, insane or i... View more info

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1850 Fauquier County, Virginia, Slave Schedule

By: Patricia B. Duncan

Price: $18.50

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: D0819

ISBN: 158549819X

Condition: 2003, index, 138 pp, Heritage Books


These records were transcribed from National Archives microfilms of the Fauquier County, Virginia, Population Schedules of the Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Second Series, Slave Population. Each page contains two columns of entries which contain some or all of the following information: Names of slave owners, page number, number of slave, age, sex, color, fugitive from the state, number manumitted, deaf & dumb, blind, insane or idiotic. A full name index giv... View more info

1860 Loudoun County, Virginia, Slave Schedule

By: Patricia B. Duncan

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: D0866

ISBN: 1585498661

Condition: 2003, 5½x8½, paper, index, 166 pp, Heritage Books


These records were transcribed from the Loudoun County, Virginia Population Schedules of the Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, Slave Population. Each page contains six columns of entries which contain some or all of the following information: Names of slave owners, page number, number of slave, age, gender, color, fugitive from the state, number manumitted, deaf & dumb, insane or idiotic. A full name index gives ready access to all of the names. View more info

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Cash For Blood: The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade

By: Ralph Clayton

Price: $48.50

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: C2235

ISBN: 788422359

Condition: (2002), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 704 pp, Heritage Books


The demand for slave labor increased dramatically in the first decade of the 19th century due to the invention of the cotton gin and the consequent expansion of cotton plantations in the South. In 1808 it became illegal to import slaves from Africa, however Maryland and Virginia were experiencing a “superabundance” of slaves at this time and slave owners were faced with the options of renting, freeing, or selling their excess labor. Freed slaves gravitated to large c... View more info

CD: Free Blacks of Anne Arundel County, Maryland 1850

By: Ralph Clayton

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: CD3890

ISBN: 788438905

Condition: 2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat 6, PC and Mac, 73 pp, Heritage Books


This CD contains an index created from the records of the Federal Population Census of 1850 pertaining to the free Black and Mulatto community of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In 1850, Anne Arundel County's slave population stood at 11,149 with a free Black and Mulatto population of 4,425. An abundance of primary source documents pertaining to the Black community in the mid-nineteenth century are housed in a variety of Maryland depositories. These documents are filled w... View more info

CD: African-Americans in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore, Maryland

By: Ralph Clayton

Price: $28.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: CD1155

ISBN: 788411551

Condition: 1999, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, v6, PC and Mac, 603 pp, Heritage Books


The three volumes this included on this CD-ROM are: * Free Blacks of Anne Arundel County, Maryland: 1850 (1987). The bulk of this volume is alphabetical index of free Blacks and Mulattos in Anne Arundel County in 1850. * Black Baltimore, 1820-1870 (1987). A collection of articles, including: "The Effect of Immigration on the Negro in Baltimore 1850-1860;" "Slaveholders of Baltimore, 1860;" "Slaves by Name;" "Baltimore Free Black Households wi... View more info

CD: Black Baltimore 1820-1870

By: Ralph Clayton

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: CD3891

ISBN: 788438913

Condition: 2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat 6, PC and Mac, 206 pp, Heritage Books


The effect of immigration on the Negro in Baltimore 1850-1860 describes the effects of predominantly non-Black immigration in the city on the lives of the free and slave blacks before the Civil War.Slave holders of Baltimore, 1860 discusses the social history of the slaves, and provides a listing of all slave holders enumerated in the 1860 Federal Census.Slaves by name - the notices of runaway slaves were routinely published in the newspapers and now provides an importan... View more info

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The Most Dangerous Branch: Slavery, the Courts and the Constitution

By: Randall C. Young

Price: $34.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: Y3226

ISBN: 788432265

Condition: 2005, 5½x8½, paper, index, 362 pp, Heritage Books


A comprehensive history of the Federal jurisprudence of slavery, The Most Dangerous Branch offers a unique perspective on slavery as an American institution. This thorough review of all-but-forgotten pleas for freedom will challenge many popularly held beliefs about American history, including the meaning of the Constitution, the South's purported quest for states' rights, and the limits of modern judicial authority. It will also change how many people feel about the rol... View more info

A Legal History of Slavery in the United States

By: Robert B. Shaw

Price: $16.00

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: S3393

ISBN: 788433938

Condition: 1991, 5x8, cloth, index, 306 pp, Heritage Books


This book aims to provide a comprehensive and coherent treatment of the laws of slavery. Terms and conditions of slavery were less uniform than is generally realized, and variant forms of servitude for many years and hereditary servants to the age of 30. Covers the slave trade, the fugitive slave controversy and the special status of slavery in the District of Columbia. View more info

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The Seed of Sally Good'n: A Black Family of Arkansas, 1833-1953

By: Ruth Polk Patterson

Price: $19.95

Publisher: University of Kentucky Press: 1996 [©1985]

Seller ID: 108764

ISBN: 0-8131-0876-4

Condition: 208 pages, 6 x 9, illus, paperback, University of Kentucky Press


Spencer Polk was born of an African-Indian slave woman known as Sally, and her master, Taylor Polk, a descendant of one of America's first families and one of the earliest white settlers in the Arkansas Territory. A favored slave, Spencer Polk became a prosperous farmer and landowner in southwestern Arkansas and the founder of a numerous and energetic family. Since emancipation the family homestead he built on Muddy Fork Creek has housed succeeding generations and has dr... View more info