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North of Slavery by Leon F Litwack University of Chicago Press 1961 Slavery a word that can be defined no better than a menacing and brutal act that brought terror to African American lives In the early to middle 1800s the race began to discover hope to rid themselves the lack of freedom With the help of abolitionists and other people fighting against slavery light was beginning to shine at the end of the long bloody tunnel Sadly the freedom from slavery did not come without obstacles Many blacks were victims of segregation and even emigration out of the country The purpose of this book is to explain the period of slavery and the situations of Negroes from 1790 to 1860 The author Leon F Litwack published this book in 1961 He began teaching in 1964 after earning a BA in 1951 and a PhD in 1958 He is the AF and May T Morrison Professor of History at the University of California Berkeley and is a past president of OAH North of Slavery was his first major publication He later wrote Been in the Storm So Long The Aftermath of Slavery 1980 The book was the winner of the Pulitzer and Francis Parkman prizes His latest book is Trouble in Mind Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow 1998 The authors theme of the book is presented as the subtitle which is The Negro in the Free States 1790 1860 Step by step Litwack explains the situations of Negroes during that time period He expresses absolutely no opinion in the book The writing is completely factual information He tells it as it happened without providing any of his feelings or reactions Litwack doesnt seem to have any real strong contentions Without him expressing any thoughts throughout the book it is impossible to prove what his contentions are He simply writes the facts and nothing more He is also very straightforward
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