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Horton, James Oliver

Overview
Works: 78 works in 213 publications in 2 languages and 15,583 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Documentary films  Unedited footage  Filmed interviews  Juvenile works  Local history  Interviews  Pictorial works  Educational films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by James Oliver Horton
Slavery and the making of America by James Oliver Horton( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 3,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slaves themselves. Readers will discover a wide ranging and sharply nuanced look at American slavery, from the first Africans brought to British colonies in the early seventeenth century to the end of Reconstruction. The authors document the horrors of slavery, particularly in the deep South, and describe the valiant struggles to escape bondage, from dramatic tales of slaves such as William and Ellen Craft to Dred Scott's doomed attempt to win his freedom through the Supreme Court. We see how slavery set our nation on the road of violence, from bloody riots that broke out in American cities over fugitive slaves, to the cataclysm of the Civil War. Along the way, readers meet such individuals as "Black Sam" Fraunces, a West Indian mulatto who owned the Queen's Head Tavern in New York City, a key meeting place for revolutionaries in the 1760s and 1770s and Sergeant William H. Carney, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at the crucial assault on Fort Wagner during the Civil War as well as Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, a former slave who led freed African Americans to a new life on the American frontier
In hope of liberty : culture, community, and protest among northern free Blacks, 1700-1860 by James Oliver Horton( )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 2,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this marvelously peopled history, James and Lois Horton introduce us to a rich cast of characters. There are familiar historical figures such as Crispus Attucks, a leader of the Boston Massacre and one of the first casualties of the American Revolution; Sojourner Truth, former slave and eloquent antislavery and women's rights activist whose own family had been broken by slavery when her son became a wedding present for her owner's daughter; and Prince Whipple, George Washington's aide, easily recognizable in the portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River
Landmarks of African American history by James Oliver Horton( )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a variety of landmarks and buildings that represent the experiences and accomplishments of African Americans throughout the history of the United States. In Landmarks of African American History, James Oliver Horton chooses thirteen historic sites to explore the struggles and triumphs of African Americans and how they helped shape the rich and varied history of the United States. Horton begins with the first Africans brought to Jamestown, Virginia, and the start of slavery in the colonies that became the United States. Boston's Old State House provides the backdrop to the martyrdom of Crispus Attucks, the former slave killed in the Boston Massacre, the confrontation with British troops that led to the American Revolution. After the Civil War, former slaves settled the desolate area of Nicodemus, Kansas, and turned it into a thriving community. The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Boston's Old State House illustrate African American contributions to the defense of their country and reveal racial tensions within the military. And the black students who demanded service at Woolworth's racially segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, launched the sit-in movement and advanced the fight for civil rights. Horton brings together a wide variety of African American historical sites to tell of the glory and hardship, of the great achievement and determination, of the people and events that have shaped the values, ideals, and dreams of our nation
Slavery and public history : the tough stuff of American memory by James Oliver Horton( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 1,466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Slavery and Public History' looks at the controversies surrounding the interpretation of slavery's history in the public arena. The book takes on contemporary reactions to the fundamental contradiction of American history, and offers an analysis of how people remember their past
Hard road to freedom : the story of African America by James Oliver Horton( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of African America from its African roots to the political and social upheavals at the end of the twentieth century
Unchained memories : readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record. Presented here are dramatic readings from these narratives, bringing to life the pride and spirit of those born into slavery
Black Bostonians : family life and community struggle in the antebellum North by James Oliver Horton( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 1999 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the African American people : the history, traditions & culture of African Americans by James Oliver Horton( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of American Negroes and their contributions to American culture
Free people of color : inside the African American community by James Oliver Horton( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Free People of Color is a path-breaking historical inquiry into the forces that unified and divided free African Americans in the pre-Civil War North, as they dealt with human issues vastly complicated by the racist character of American society. James Oliver Horton explores the social and psychological interior of free African American communities and reveals the diversity and nuances of free black society in such northern cities as Boston, Buffalo, and Washington, D.C. While examining the heated debates within these communities over gender roles, skin color, national identity, leadership styles, and politics, he argues for a complex and pluralistic view of free black society - where disagreement did not preclude cooperation toward common goals, such as ending slavery, obtaining full citizenship, and securing educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. Horton also discusses relations between blacks and the European immigrants with whom they shared living space and often competed for employment. He finds the association between African Americans and Germans to have been relatively harmonious, particularly in contrast to the violence and acrimony that marked contact between blacks and Irish immigrants. "Black people," observes Horton, "like all Americans, develop communities which reflect the national, regional, and local issues that affect their well-being." The essays in Free People of Color document the complexity of antebellum African American communities and portray their inhabitants as a multifaceted people whose lives were both complicated by restrictive forces and unified by common goals
Von Benin nach Baltimore : die Geschichte der African Americans by Norbert Finzsch( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in German and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Race, slavery and the Civil War : the tough stuff of American history and memory( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American experience( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War. Horton talks about Kansas -pro - slavery vs. free soil forces, Slavery Expansion - Lincoln contain, Kansas is battleground, Kansas - John Brown determined to stop expansion, Sumner - attack, Brooks sent 100s of canes, serious, Pottawatomie - accepting that John Brown killed, did so for principle, Newby - letter from wife, personal commitment to be w/ John Brown, Douglass - thought plan doomed, John Brown naive about military might, -Douglass - John Brown disappointed not to have him along - Martyr - resignation - Plan - breaking in easy, but he stayed too long, Southern fear - raid a symbol of North's willingness to strike, Raid - evidence more important than his own survival, Icon - symbol of complexity of US, race at core of contradiction
American experience( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War. Horton talks about Slavery - founding fathers, principle of human freedom, Brown - revolutionary, expanding principles, Abolitionists - had day jobs, underground RR dangerous, Underground RR - symbolic importance of whites (long), Underground RR - symbolic importance of whites (short), Brown - fight against slavery all consuming, driving force, Sanity - Nat Turner, rational to encourage rebellion, Sanity - imagine Nat Turner well armed, not crazy, Turner - uprising struck fear, spiritual visions, Religion - spiritual visions ordinary for 19th century, Douglass/Brown - intellect/emotion, impressed each other, Douglass/Brown - impressed each other, letter, Douglass - refined, powerful, would inspire raiders
Africans in America( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Horton is interviewed about life in 1830 in Washington DC, the vulnerability of free blacks, Solomon Northup, petitions against slavery, the Amistad case, harassment of abolitionists, rise of free black communities, Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Anthony Burns, how slavery has shaped American culture, Bleeding Kansas, John Brown, Dangerfield Newby, Harpers Ferry, abolitionist movement becomes violent, slavery as an embarrassment in front of the world, 18th century African Burial Ground in New York City, resistance to maintain human dignity
American experience( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War. Horton talks about Oberlin - laboratory educational opportunities, Underground RR - Southern Ohio across river, RR/Early life - responsibility of freedom?, Slave boy story, Slavery - good masters, Douglass quote, -Cotton - slavery bound up w/ valuable crop, Southern Power - Dred Scott decision, slavery expanding, Southern Power - Supreme Court pro - slavery, expanding, Cotton - slave labor integral to industrialization of North, Slavery - Sambo characterization, Nat Turner, Garrison - non - violence as a tactic, conscience, Violence - like George Washington, defend rights
American experience( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War. Banks talks about Violence - American tradition of principled violence, Pott., Pottawatomie - not born terrorists, must up the ante, - Pottawatomie - context of progression, defining moments, -Pottawatomie - turning point, Pottawatomie - not strategic, response to frustration & despair, - Kansas - people interested in land & $, not slaves & descendants, Business - wanted so he could devote time to doing Lord's work, -Business/Failure - had to live divided life, painful conflict, Failure - dependence on others humiliating, Business/Father - conflict b/t God's work, responsibility, Failure - life going down tubes, unfair, Failure - small debts enormous to him, Personality - obsessive, pursued goals relentlessly, Travel/Old Man - slow arduous travel, esp. for an old man, Europe - John Brown description, must've looked peculiar, Waterloo - single - mindedness of purpose there, Europe - reported on livestock (pigs) not culture, architecture, Underground RR - John Brown involved as adolescent in Ohio thru father, Underground RR - John Brown thrilled to act, do Lord's work, Underground RR - John Brown saw economic dimension, Plan/Douglass - would have been more successful w/ Douglass, Raid/Martyr - why did John Brown stay? deliberate act of martyrdom, Martyring Sons - morally difficult/ambiguous aspect of John Brown
American experience( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martyr, madman, murderer, hero: John Brown remains one of history's most controversial and misunderstood figures. In the 1850s, he and his ragtag guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War. Horton talks about Sanity - people today assume John Brown black, else traitor to his race, Sanity - if black not insane, John Brown traitor/John Brown freedom fighter, Icon - whites see John Brown as insane, blacks see him as hero, Icon - martyr, forced US to face its contradiction, failure, - Hanging - John Brown at peace, did what he could, Icon - John Brown brought moral force to bear, Raid - ensured war would be about abolishing slavery, Boston - 1850s, slave power conspiracy dangerous to whites too
Who owns history?( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of revised history, new history, and the rewriting of history
The house we live in( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A three part series exploring the history of race perceptions and behaviors towards races in the United States, within the context of recent scientific discoveries which have have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode three focuses on how institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances. After WWII, whiteness increasingly meant owning a home in the suburbs, aided by discriminatory federal policies. European "ethnics," blended in to reap the advantages of whiteness while African Americans and other nonwhites were locked out. Advances have been made since the Civil Rights Movement but the playing field is still not level
A fragile freedom : African American historic sites( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From stops on the Underground Railroad to the sites where the grand drama of the Civil Rights Movement played out, this video tours the nation to tell the story of Black America. The eight stops take us from New York City to Jacksonville, Florida, visiting famous landmarks and overlooked sites, and exploring the significance of each with the help of local experts and other scholars. What emerges is a fascinating tapestry of the African-American experience from the 18th century to the present day
 
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Slavery and the making of America
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In hope of liberty : culture, community, and protest among northern free Blacks, 1700-1860Landmarks of African American historySlavery and public history : the tough stuff of American memoryHard road to freedom : the story of African AmericaUnchained memories : readings from the slave narrativesBlack Bostonians : family life and community struggle in the antebellum NorthA history of the African American people : the history, traditions & culture of African AmericansFree people of color : inside the African American communityRace, slavery and the Civil War : the tough stuff of American history and memory
Alternative Names
Horton, James O.

Horton, James O. 1943-

Languages
English (128)

German (3)