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Unburdened By Conscience: A Black People’s Collective Account Of America’s Ante-Bellum South And The Aftermath
by Anthony W. Neal

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    List Price: $27.50
    Format: Paperback, 168 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780761849650
    Imprint: University Press of America
    Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
    Parent Company: Rowman & Littlefield
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    In Unburdened by Conscience, Anthony W. Neal forcefully argues that influential historians have been unable to offer a complete account of ante-bellum-era American slavery because of their preoccupation with humanizing the slaveholders. He charges them with concealing the full horrors of slavery in order to present the slaveholders in a more positive light. By skillfully weaving together candid first-hand accounts of courageous ex-slaves, Neal then permits readers to see slavery in the United States from their point of view. Former slaves talk openly about the break-up of their marital unions and families and about matters rarely examined in most American slavery history books. Those issues include the slaveholders’ legally-sanctioned acts of violence, their practice of slave-breeding, and their rape of black women. Through this work, Neal gives a voice to black people who endured American slavery, and presents a sobering record not found in most books on the topic.

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