Breaking the Chains: African-American Slave Resistance
by William L. Katz
Publication Date: May 16, 2023
List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Imprint: Triangle Square
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Parent Company: Seven Stories Press
Centering Black voices and slave narratives, this illustrated young adult history offers a thoroughly researched account with first-hand testimonies of how slaves themselves were a driving force behind their own emancipation. With a new introduction by Robin D. G. Kelley.
Generations of American history students have grown up believing that enslaved people accepted their lot and became attached to their masters, that slave rebellion was rare, and that liberation from slavery happened thanks to the enslavers.
Centering Black voices and slave narratives, celebrated historian and children’s book author, William Loren Katz offers a thoroughly researched look at the lives of enslaved people in the United States in Breaking the Chains. From their African abductions through their brave resistance to and escape from the ships and harsh plantation life to their roles in the Civil War, those given voice here show that the slaves themselves were a driving force behind their emancipation.