Hanging Captain Gordon

Author: Ron Soodalter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416522928
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On a frosty day in February 1862, hundreds gathered to watch the execution of Nathaniel Gordon. Two years earlier, Gordon had taken Africans in chains from the Congo -- a hanging offense for more than forty years that no one had ever enforced. But with the country embroiled in a civil war and Abraham Lincoln at the helm, a sea change was taking place. Gordon, in the wrong place at the wrong time, got caught up in the wave. For the first time, Hanging Captain Gordon chronicles the trial and execution of the only man in history to face conviction for slave trading -- exploring the many compelling issues and circumstances that led to one man paying the price for a crime committed by many. Filled with sharply drawn characters, Soodalter's vivid account sheds light on one of the more shameful aspects of our history and provides a link to similar crimes against humanity still practiced today.

Smuggler Nation

Author: Peter Andreas
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199746885
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Presents the history of the United States from colonial times to today as a series of highly contentious battles over clandestine commerce.

God Knows All Your Names

Author: Paul N. Herbert
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1452016348
Size: 37.61 MB
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People with only a slight interest in history will enjoy these fascinating, short and easy to understand stories. Serious history buffs will like these lesser-known episodes, not the stories we’ve heard a million times. For example: try to find anyone who knows about the attempted slave insurrection in Fairfax County, Virginia. With Mary Lincoln’s spending habits, who knew that Abraham Lincoln actually saved an enormous percentage of his presidential salary? A slave honored in Virginia with a monument; the history of Lee Highway which ‘opened’ with great fanfare in 1923 as a 3,000 mile road from Washington, DC to San Diego; a story about the Little River Turnpike, the second oldest turnpike in America, built partly by slaves and captured Hessian soldiers. You’ll read about two Civil War ships that collided in the Potomac River. Victims included wounded soldiers' wives and one soldier’s six-year-old son. You’ll read a great account of the massive Civil War corruption. You’ll learn about the disastrous condition of the treasury (sound familiar?) during the Revolutionary War. The government tried everything, including a lottery to get the country afloat in a sea of red ink. But the most fascinating story may be about the Revolutionary War soldier who faked his own desertion to defect to the enemy with the highly secretive mission of going behind enemy lines to capture and return for trial the worst traitor in American history: Benedict Arnold. Bet you never heard of this story. There are many other stories in this eclectic, heavily-researched manuscript. There’s a story about the Christmas Truce in World War One, about long-forgotten holidays in Virginia, about the retrocession which sent an area of Washington back to Virginia in 1846, and about the impeachment of a Supreme Court justice (it happened only once). And more!

Antietam 1862 Gateway To Emancipation

Author: T. Stephen Whitman
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313397341
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This book explains how the Battle of Antietam—a conflict that changed nothing militarily—still played a pivotal role in the Civil War by affording Abraham Lincoln an opportunity to announce the emancipation of slaves in states in rebellion.

Abolition And Empire In Sierra Leone And Liberia

Author: B. Everill
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137291818
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Bronwen Everill offers a new perspective on African global history, applying a comparative approach to freed slave settlers in Sierra Leone and Liberia to understand their role in the anti-slavery colonization movements of Britain and America.

The Slave Next Door

Author: Kevin Bales
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520268660
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Describes the practice of human trafficking that exists in the United States in the present day.

The Rudder

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Hang By The Neck

Author: Negley King Teeters
Publisher: Charles C. Thomas Publisher
ISBN:
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