New Books on Slavery

This non-exhaustive list contains some of the scholarly works on slavery in the Atlantic World published in 2015.


Beck, Jane C. Daisy Turner’s Kin: An African American Saga. University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Berlin, Ira. The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States. Harvard University Press, 2015.

Bilder, Mary Sarah. Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention. Harvard University Press, 2015.

Borucki, Alex.  From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in the Río de la Plata. University of New Mexico Press, 2015.

Bundock, Michael. The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson’s Heir. Yale University Press, 2015.

Burnard, Trevor.  Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650-1820. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Childs, Dennis. Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration From the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary. University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Clavin, Mathew J. Aiming for Pensacola: Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers. Harvard University Press, 2015.

Conlin, Michael F. One Nation Divided by Slavery: Remembering the American Revolution while Marching toward the Civil War. The Kent State University Press, 2015.

Finch, Aisha. Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844. UNC Press, 2015.

Foner, Eric. Gateway to Freedom. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 2015.

Forret, Jeff. Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South. LSU Press, 2015.

Free, Laura E.Suffrage Reconstructed: Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the Civil War Era. Cornell University Press, 2015.

Gaffield, Julia. Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution. UNC Press, 2015.

Horne, Gerald. Confronting Black Jacobins: The United States, the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic. Monthly Review Press, 2015.

Lawrence, Benjamin N. Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling. Yale University Press, 2015

Lightfoot, Natasha. Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of the British Empire. Duke University Press

Lowe, Lisa. The Intimacies of Four Continents. Duke University Press, 2015.

Lubet, Steven. The ‘Colored Hero’ of Harper’s Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War against Slavery. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Maris-Wolf, Ted. Family Bonds: Free Blacks and Re-enslavement Law in Antebellum Virginia. UNCPress, 2015.

McCaskill, Barbara. Love, Liberation & Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory. University of Georgia Press, 2015.

McDonald, Kevin P. Pirates, Merchants, Settles, and Slaves: Colonial America and the Indo-Atlantic World. University of California Press, 2015.

Millward, Jessica. Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland. University of Georgia Press, 2015.

Naimou, Angela. Savage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood. Fordham University Press, 2015.

Newell, Margaret Ellen. Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery. Cornell University Press, 2015.

Oldfield, J.R. Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Revolution: An International History of Anti-slavery c.1787-1820. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Pargas, Damian Alan. Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Paton, Diana. The Cultural Politics of Obeah. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Pattullo, Polly. Your Time Is Done Now: Slavery, Resistance, and Defeat: The Maroon Trials of Dominica (1813-1814). Monthly Review Press, 2015.

Rael, Patrick. Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the U.S., 1777-1865. University of Georgia Press, 2015.

Richards, Leonard L. Who Freed the Slaves? The Fight Over the Thirteenth Amendment; University of Chicago Press, 2015

Rothman, Adam; Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery; Harvard University Press, 2015.

Schermerhorn, Calvin. The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860. Yale University Press, 2015.

Sublette, Ned and Constance. The American Slave Coast. Chicago Review Press, 2015.

Thompson, Michael D. Working on the Dock of the Bay. University of South Carolina Press, 2015.

Wilson-Fall, Wendy. Memories of Madagascar and Slavery in the Black Atlantic. Ohio University Press, 2015.