Yucatan Before and After the Conquest

Yucatan Before and After the Conquest

Diego de Landa

In 1562, Friar Diego de Landa conducted an ‘Auto de fé’ in Maní where in addition to 5000 ‘idols,’ he burned 27 books in Maya writing. The document translated here is his apology, and one of the few remaining contemporary texts which describe pre-conquest Mayan society, science, and art in detail. The translator, William Gates, provides background on de Landa, the decline of the Maya, and what is today…

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The American Prejudice Against Color

The American Prejudice Against Color

William G. Allen

From the Introduction: “Many persons having suggested that it would greatly subserve the Anti-slavery Cause in this country, to present to the public a concise narrative of my recent narrow escape from death, at the hands of an armed mob in America, a mob armed with tar, feathers, poles, and an empty barrel spiked with shingle nails, together with the reasons which induced that mob, I propose to give it…

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A Century of Negro Migration

A Century of Negro Migration

Carter G. Woodson

From the Preface: ‘In treating this movement of the Negroes, the writer does not presume to say the last word on the subject. The exodus of the Negroes from the South has just begun. The blacks have recently realized that they have freedom of body and they will now proceed to exercise that right. To presume, therefore, to exhaust the treatment of this movement in its incipiency is far from the intention…

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The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1

The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1

John Marshall

Illustrated. This is Volume 1 of 5. The Life Of George Washington; From original papers bequeathed to him by his deceased relative, and now in possession of the author. To which is prefixed, an introduction, containing a compendious view of the colonies planted by the English on the continent of north America, from their settlement to the commencement of that war which terminated in their independence.

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Hospital Sketches

Hospital Sketches

Louisa May Alcott

Writing under a pseudonym, Alcott recounts the six weeks she spent as a volunteer nurse for the Union Army during the American Civil War in Georgetown. A vivid and truthful portrait of an often overlooked aspect of the Civil War, this book remains among the most illuminating reports of the era’s medical practices as well as a moving testimonial to the war’s human cost.

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Black Rebellion

Black Rebellion

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

This book contains five chapters from Higginson’s book “Travellers and Outlaws”. The collection presented here is commonly referred to as ‘Black Rebellion: five slave revolts’.

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Lectures on Witchcraft

Lectures on Witchcraft

Charles W. Upham

Comprising a History of delusion in Salem in 1692. The following lectures were originally prepared for delivery in the Salem Lyceum. The subject of which they treat is intimately connected with the history, not merely of New England, but of the imagination of man, as it has been developed in various regions and ages.

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Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather

Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather

Charles W. Upham

From the Introduction: “An article in The North American Review, for April, 1869, is mostly devoted to a notice of the work published by me, in 1867, entitled Salem Witchcraft, with an account of Salem Village, and a history of opinions on witchcraft and kindred subjects. If the article had contained criticisms, in the usual style, merely affecting the character of that work, in a literary point of view, no other duty…

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Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism

Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism

Allen Putnam

From the Preface:”Most history of New England witchcraft written since 1760 has dishonored the dead by lavish imputations of imposture, fraud, malice, credulity, and infatuation; has been sacrificing past acts, motives, and character to skepticism regarding the sagacity and manliness of the fathers, the guilelessness of their daughters, and the truth of ancient records. Transmitted accounts of certain phenomena…

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Darkwater, Voices from Within the Veil

Darkwater, Voices from Within the Veil

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil incorporates autobiographical information as well as essays, spirituals, and poems. Several of its essays are personal in nature, with obvious emotional rhetoric. The style maintains a religious tone and his spirituality is a common thread in many of the individual essays. Described in varying tones of black and brown, a Christ-like figure of racial hope is prevalent, signifying the coming moment…

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The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. The book, published in 1903, contains several essays on race, some of which had been previously published in the Atlantic Monthly magazine. To develop this groundbreaking work, Du Bois drew from his own experiences as an African…

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The Underground Rail Road

The Underground Rail Road

William Still

A record of facts, authentic narratives, letters, etc., narrating the hardships, hair-breadth escapes and death struggles of the slaves in their efforts for freedom, as related by themselves and others, or witnessed by the author; together with sketches of some of the largest stockholders, and most liberal aiders and advisers, of the road. Illustrated with 70 fine engravings.

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My Bondage and My Freedom

My Bondage and My Freedom

Frederick Douglass

My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855. It is the second of three autobiographies written by Douglass, and is mainly an expansion of his first (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass), discussing in greater detail his transition from bondage to liberty.

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