African Americans in the Nineteenth Century
People and Perspectives
by Dixie Ray Haggard, Editor
March 2010, 258pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-123-7
$94, £70, 79€, A135
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From the slave trade and the Civil War to “40 acres and a mule” and Jim Crow laws, African Americans in the 1800s struggled to be afforded legally protected citizenship and social acceptance. This work explores African American life across the breadth of the 19th century and the expanse of the nation, giving voice to men, women, and children too often unheard.

A revealing volume that portrays the lives of African Americans in all its variety across the entire 19th century—combining coverage of the pre- and post-Civil War eras.

Uniquely inclusive, African Americans in the Nineteenth Century: People and Perspectives offers a wealth of insights into the way African Americans lived and how slave-era experiences affected their lives afterward. Coverage goes beyond well-known figures to focus on the lives of African American men, women, and children across the nation, battling the oppression and prejudice that didn’t stop with emancipation while they tried to establish their place as Americans.

The book ranges from the African origins of African American communities to coverage of slave communities, female slaves, slave–slave holder relations, and freed persons. Additional chapters look at African Americans in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow eras. An alphabetically organized “mini-encyclopedia,” plus additional information sources round out this eye-opening work of social history.


  • Primary sources illustrate the experience of the African American social cohorts discussed in each chapter
  • A chronology of historic economic, military, political, and social events impacting African American communities and societies during the 19th century is included
Dixie Ray Haggard, PhD, is assistant professor of history at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA. His published works include articles in History Compass and Indigenous Nations Studies.
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