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Berlin, Ira 1941-

Works: 101 works in 458 publications in 4 languages and 29,611 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography  Interviews  Records and correspondence  Juvenile works  Autobiographies  Drama  Personal narratives  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Commentator, Other, Collector, Author of introduction, Speaker
Classifications: E444, 973.0496073
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Most widely held works by Ira Berlin
Many thousands gone : the first two centuries of slavery in North America by Ira Berlin( Book )

29 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 2,753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume sketches the complex evolution of slavery and black society from the first arrivals in the early 1600s through the American Revolution. Today most Americans, black and white, identify slavery with cotton, the deep South, and the African-American church. But at the beginning of the nineteenth century, after almost two hundred years of African-American life in mainland North America, few slaves grew cotton, lived in the deep South, or embraced Christianity. The author demonstrates that earlier North American slavery had many different forms and meanings that varied over time and from place to place. He shows that slavery and race did not have a fixed character that endured for centuries but were constantly being constructed or reconstructed in response to changing historical circumstances. This work illustrates that complex nature of American slavery, the falsity of many of our stereotypes, and the unique world wrought by the slaves themselves
Generations of captivity : a history of African-American slaves by Ira Berlin( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 2,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book Ira Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its demise nearly three hundred years later. Most Americans, black and white, have a singular vision of slavery, one fixed in the mid-nineteenth century when most American slaves grew cotton, resided in the deep South, and subscribed to Christianity. Here, however, Berlin offers a major reinterpretation in which slaves and their owners continually renegotiated the terms of captivity. Slavery was thus made and remade by successive generations of Africans and African Americans who lived through settlement and adaptation, plantation life, economic transformations, revolution, forced migration, war, and ultimately, emancipation. Berlin's understanding of the processes that continually transformed the lives of slaves makes Generations of captivity essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of antebellum America. Connecting the "Charter Generation" to the development of Atlantic society in the seventeenth century, the "Plantation Generation" to the reconstruction of colonial society in the eighteenth century, the "Revolutionary Generation" to the Age of Revolutions, and the "Migration Generation" to American expansionism in the nineteenth century, Berlin integrates the history of slavery into the larger story of American life. He demonstrates how enslaved black people, by adapting to changing circumstances, prepared for the moment when they could seize liberty and declare themselves the "Freedom Generation." This epic story provides a rich understanding of the experience of African-American slaves, an experience that continues to mobilize American thought and passions today
Slaves without masters : the free Negro in the antebellum South by Ira Berlin( Book )

36 editions published between 1974 and 2007 in English and held by 2,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the lives and socio-cultural patterns of free blacks in antebellum South and their interaction with whites as determined largely by white attitudes, institutions, and patterns of thought
Remembering slavery : African Americans talk about their personal experiences of slavery and emancipation by Ira Berlin( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 2,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This set contains: two sixty-minute audiotapes that include original live recordings of interviews with former slaves and dramatic readings by celebrities from written interviews; and, a hardcover book that includes a comprehensive introductory essay by preeminent slavery historian Ira Berlin, chapters on aspects of slave life, including relationships with owners, work, family culture, the Civil War, and Emancipation; complete transcript of the live recordings and dramatic readings of interviews with former slaves, contained on the companion tapes; extensive additional interviews with former slaves; little-known period photographs, including some of the former slaves interviewed on the companion tapes
The making of African America : the four great migrations by Ira Berlin( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four great migrations defined the history of black people in America: the violent removal of Africans to the east coast of North America known as the Middle Passage; the relocation of one million slaves to the interior of the antebellum South; the movement of six million blacks to the industrial cities of the north and west a century later; and, since the late 1960s, the arrival of black immigrants from Africa, the Americas, and Europe. These epic migrations have made and remade African American life. This new account evokes both the terrible price and the moving triumphs of a people forcibly and then willingly migrating to America. Historian Ira Berlin finds a dynamic of change in which eras of deep rootedness alternate with eras of massive movement, tradition giving way to innovation. The culture of black America is constantly evolving, affected by (and affecting) places as far away from one another as Biloxi, Chicago, Kingston, and Lagos.--From publisher description
Free at last : a documentary history of slavery, freedom, and the Civil War by Ira Berlin( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathers first hand accounts of slavery and the efforts of Black Americans to transform the Civil War into a war to end slavery
Slavery and freedom in the age of the American Revolution by Slavery and freedom in the age of the American Revolution( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and German and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.--Page [4] of cover
Power & culture : essays on the American working class by Herbert G Gutman( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 1992 in English and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes original, unpublished essays from throughout Gutman's career and important but unavailable works from journals and periodicals, as well as an extended interview with Gutman and a comprehensive bibliography of his works
Families and freedom : a documentary history of African-American kinship in the Civil War era by Ira Berlin( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the dramatic and moving letters and testimony of freed slaves, Families and Freedom tells the story of the remaking of the black family during the tumultuous years of the Civil War era. Drawn from the work of the award-winning Freedmen and Southern Society project at the University of Maryland, the book is a sequel to the 1994 Lincoln Prize winner, Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War. Former slaves, free blacks, and their contemporaries recount the elation accompanying the reunion of brothers and sisters separated for half a lifetime and the anguished realization that time lost could never be made up. We encounter the quiet satisfaction of legitimizing a marriage once denied by law and the unspeakable sadness of discovering that a long-lost spouse had remarried, the pride of establishing an independent household and the shame of not being able to protect it. In their words, we share the hope that freedom would ensure the sanctity of family life and the fear that the new order would betray freedom's greatest promise
Slavery in New York( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of slavery in New York City is told through contributions by leading historians of African American life in New York and is published to coincide with a major exhibit, in an anthology that demonstrates how slavery shaped the city's everyday experiences and directly impacted its rise to a commercial and financial power
The destruction of slavery by Ira Berlin( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and German and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains primary source material
The Long Emancipation : The Demise of Slavery in the United States by Ira Berlin( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps no event in American history arouses more impassioned debate than the abolition of slavery. Answers to basic questions about who ended slavery, how, and why remain fiercely contested more than a century and a half after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. In The Long Emancipation, Ira Berlin draws upon decades of study to offer a framework for understanding slavery's demise in the United States. Freedom was not achieved in a moment, and emancipation was not an occasion but a near-century-long process - a shifting but persistent struggle that involved thousands of men and women. Berlin teases out the distinct characteristics of emancipation, weaving them into a larger narrative of the meaning of American freedom. The most important factor was the will to survive and the enduring resistance of enslaved black people themselves. In striving for emancipation, they were also the first to raise the crucial question of their future status. If they were no longer slaves, what would they be? African Americans provided the answer, drawing on ideals articulated in the Declaration of Independence and precepts of evangelical Christianity. Freedom was their inalienable right in a post-slavery society, for nothing seemed more natural to people of color than the idea that all Americans should be equal. African Americans were not naive about the price of their idealism. Just as slavery was an institution initiated and maintained by violence, undoing slavery also required violence. Freedom could be achieved only through generations of long and brutal struggle
Slaves no more : three essays on emancipation and the Civil War by Ira Berlin( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three essays in this volume present an introduction to history of the emancipation of the slaves during the Civil War. The first essay traces the destruction of slavery by discussing the shift from a war for the Union to a war against slavery. The slaves are shown to have shaped the destiny of the nation through their determination to place their liberty on the wartime agenda. The second essay examines the evolution of freedom in occupied areas of the lower and upper South. The struggle of those freed to obtain economic independence in difficult wartime circumstances indicates conflicting conceptions of freedom among former slaves and slaveholders, Northern soldiers and civilians. The third essay demonstrates how the enlistment and military service of nearly 200,000 slaves hastened the transformation of the war into a struggle for universal liberty, and how this experience shaped the lives of former slaves long after the war had ended
Freedom's soldiers : the Black military experience in the Civil War( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When nearly 200,000 black men, most of them former slaves, entered the Union army and navy, they transformed the Civil War into a struggle for liberty and changed the course of American history. This book tells the story of those men
Cultivation and culture : labor and the shaping of slave life in the Americas by Cultivation and culture( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery, resistance, freedom by Ira Berlin( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays address the issue of freedom as it applies to slaves in American history, discussing how African Americans resisted slavery and what their response was to freedom during and after the Civil War
The wartime genesis of free labor : the lower South by Ira Berlin( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Union occupation of parts of the Confederacy during the Civil War forced federal officials to confront questions about the social order that would replace slavery. This volume of Freedom presents a documentary history of the emergence of free-labor relations in the large plantation areas of the Union-occupied Lower South. The documents illustrate the experiences of former slaves as military laborers, as residents of federally sponsored "contraband camps," as wage laborers on plantations and in towns, and in some instances, as independent farmers and self-employed workers. Together with the editors' interpretative essays, these documents portray the different understandings of freedom advanced by the many participants in the wartime evolution of free labor--former slaves and free blacks; former slaveholders; Union military officers and officials in Washington; and Northern planters, ministers and teachers. The war sealed the fate of slavery only to open a contest over the meaning of freedom.--publisher description
Freedom, a documentary history of emancipation, 1861-1867( Book )

55 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents.-V.1. The destruction of slavery.-V.2. The black military experience
The Slaves' economy : independent production by slaves in the Americas by Ira Berlin( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Many thousands gone : the first two centuries of slavery in North America
Alternative Names
Ira Berlin American historian

Ira Berlin Amerikaans historicus

Ira Berlin US-amerikanischer Historiker

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Generations of captivity : a history of African-American slavesSlaves without masters : the free Negro in the antebellum SouthRemembering slavery : African Americans talk about their personal experiences of slavery and emancipationThe making of African America : the four great migrationsFree at last : a documentary history of slavery, freedom, and the Civil WarPower & culture : essays on the American working classFamilies and freedom : a documentary history of African-American kinship in the Civil War eraSlavery in New York