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ABC-Clio World History -- Primary Sources
World History: The Modern Era - Edmund Ruffin: The Political Economy of Slavery (1853)
Prominent agriculturalist and Southern secessionist, Edmund Ruffin combined his two interests in this 1853 book to support the existence and continuance of slavery in the United States. His was one of several pieces that was published in the 1850s either attacking or defending slavery, as the issue threatened to rip American society apart and eventually leading to the American Civil War. Below is an excerpt of his work.
World History: The Modern Era - Frederick Douglass: on being a slave child (1845)
Frederick Douglass was one of the United States's most famous African Americans. Born a slave in Maryland, he escaped to Massachusetts and spent his life speaking, traveling, and publishing for the abolition of slavery and the rights of various oppressed groups. In this excerpt, which begins his first book, Douglass tells little of his daily life as a child, but gives a fascinating account of the endemic contradictions of slavery and the tragic effects on children and families.
World History: The Modern Era - African slave trade memorandum (1839)
Great Britain abolished slavery within its dominions in 1831, but it continued to encounter slavery and the slave trade in other parts of the world as it expanded its empire throughout the 19th century. On September 23, 1839, Colonial Secretary Lord John Russell issued this memorandum on British efforts to suppress the slave trade. Britain took a leading role in ending the slave trade around the world and eventually succeeded, despite much opposition, in the 1870s.
ABC-Clio: World History -- Articles
Slavery in Brazil - Pictures
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