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    Posted: 04 Sep 2016 at 22:36
Hello. I have to write essay about slavery of the african americans in the US. Could you recommend some good literature? And if it's not too much to ask help create essay plan? I think that I should include political, economic and cultural aspects. How and when it started and when ended. Maybe influence of those events on todays US. But my problem is that english is not my first language and I don't know too much about US history. It would be great if reccomended literature is be available online because I live in small town in Europe and it's not like our libraries have a lot of books about this specific subject. Help with plan would be also huge relief because that way I could just work through it point after point without fear that I skipped something important.
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You might look at what various American institutions have to say about the history of slavery in America (US).  There are plenty of people that have an agenda regarding slavery and so have their own private theories about slavery, I don't think you have the background to necessarily judge, and therefore I suggest that you look at esteemed institutions dealing with history and culture.  National Geographic has a timeline that might be interesting, Smithsonian, PBS (Public Broadcasting System (Public TV)).  There are probably others, but I can't think of any right now.  Some people have an agenda of wanting to minimize the influence or brutality of slavery, others want to use it as a stick to justify reparations.  That doesn't mean that either side wouldn't have good information, it just means that they may have a slant or bias to their perspective that you might not notice initially.

A few things, slavery is called America's "peculiar institution."  Slavery at one time was common in the world, but what was particularly noxious about American slavery, was how it was racial.  American Indians (in the US) were not good "material" for slaves, because they could just disappear into the forest. (or so I understand), blacks stood out and were not familiar with the region, or climate, or how to survive there.  Black slaves were also justified by Christianity, or rather, a twisted form of Christianity, which recognized blacks as the sons of Ham in the Bible.  In the American constitution there was a compromise that recognized slaves as 3/5s of a person for the purposes of counting the population for the sake of representation in Congress and voting.

I can't think of anything else, hopefully that can help point you in a useful direction.

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Thanks for help but I was rather thinking about specific titles or publications that I could read. Slavery is still controversial topic so I bet that some solid literature were published over the years. My whole point in asking for help is that I don't have my own opinion or  agenda. I don't live in US and don't know it's history that well so before writing anything I would like to familiarize myself with publications of some real professors and historians and all I get from google were wikipedia and LOT of internet trolls.
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I might recommend the Willie Lynch Letter. Said to be an infamous speech by a White slaver named Willie Lynch about how to divide Black people so as to control them better. Light-skinned people against dark skinned people, females against males, youth against their elders, and vice-versa. The word lynch is believed to have derived from his name paired with his fervent hatred of Black people. Diary of a Slave Girl is a good read about the state of many Black women during slavery. The book is slanted towards Christianity which was not the native religion of the Africans that arrived in the Americas on slave ships, but a religion that was taught to them by racist slave Masters/masses to promote White Supremacy. Due to this it has a slight Anglo-Christian slant to it, but besides that it is an overall good and revealing read. Frederick Douglas' autobiography is always a good read. He was a powerful abolitionist, women's rights activist, and civil rights activist in his day and is still revered by the highest members of society. In his autobiography, he discusses the institution of American slavery, its many traditional features, and how the balance of power worked in this peculiar institution and how knowledge and independence can enable the slave to become free. If you read his autobiography you will learn and understand how important it was to keep Black people uneducated and unaware of their own right to freedom. That is all I can think of right now but I'll get back with you if you're still up for more information.
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Although fictional in nature, the Falconhurst series of books by Kyle Onstott, and others, I think gives a fair picture of life on plantation life for African slaves.
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