slavery

Black rebellion: five slave revolts - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Contemporary illustration of the Nat Turner Rebellion

Detailed histories of five important episodes of slave revolt, excerpted from a longer book called Travellers and Outlaws by abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson, first published in 1889. Unfortunately it contains language and a perspective tainted by the widespread prejudice at the time, however we reproduce it in full for historical information only.

Our enemies in blue - Kristian Williams

Let's begin with the basics: violence is an inherent part of policing.

Black people in the British empire: an introduction - Peter Fryer

British troops round up suspected Mau Mau resistance fighters

Acclaimed writer Peter Fryer exposes the exploitation and oppression of Britain's colonies, looks at grassroots rebellions and restores black people to their rightful place in Britain's history.

A people's history of the fourth of July

Fourth of July fireworks

A roundup of key events in United States working class history which have also taken place on 4 July, beyond 1776.

The Combahee River raid, 1863 - Earl Conrad

A short account of the Combahee River raid during the American Civil War, which was led by former slave and underground railroad activist Harriet Tubman, and freed nearly 800 slaves.

Reconstruction: America's unfinished revolution, 1863-1877 - Eric Foner

This masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by historians and people everywhere in its chronicling of how Americans -- black and white -- responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery.

Christmas day freedom fighters: hidden history of the Seminole anticolonial struggle - William Katz

On Christmas day in 1837, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior U.S. invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery.

Truth, Sojourner, c1797-1883 - Mary G. Butler

Sojourner Truth circa 1870

A short biography of former slave, abolitionist, passionate advocate for the dispossessed and perhaps the most famous African-American woman in the 19th-century United States.

Stop kidding yourself: the police were created to control working class and poor people - Sam Mitrani

Slave patrol badge, 1858.

A short historical account of the US police force explaining their origins in slave patrols in the South and a force to discipline the working class in the North, with the background of a spate of police killings of unarmed black men in 2014.

The empire of necessity: Slavery, freedom, and deception in the New World - Greg Grandin

From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America’s struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyond.