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Berlin, Ira 1941-

Works: 197 works in 462 publications in 3 languages and 26,188 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Interviews  Records and correspondence  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Publishing director, Commentator, Other, Speaker
Classifications: E446, 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 )
21 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 3,504 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 )
18 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 2,439 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 )
31 editions published between 1974 and 2007 in English and held by 2,293 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
The making of African America : the four great migrations by Ira Berlin ( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,940 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
Remembering slavery : African Americans talk about their personal experiences of slavery and emancipation ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 1,859 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 iterviews 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
Free at last : a documentary history of slavery, freedom, and the Civil War by Ira Berlin ( Book )
13 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,743 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, resistance, freedom by G. S Boritt ( )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,220 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
Power & culture : essays on the American working class by Herbert G Gutman ( Book )
12 editions published between 1987 and 1992 in English and held by 1,047 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
Slavery and freedom in the age of the American Revolution by Slavery and freedom in the age of the American Revolution ( Book )
11 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Black Military experience ( Book )
8 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Slavery in New York ( Book )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 960 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
Families and freedom : a documentary history of African-American kinship in the Civil War era ( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 957 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
The Destruction of slavery by Ira Berlin ( Book )
9 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains primary source material
Slaves no more : three essays on emancipation and the Civil War by Ira Berlin ( Book )
12 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cultivation and culture : labor and the shaping of slave life in the Americas ( Book )
8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Freedom's soldiers : the Black military experience in the Civil War ( Book )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 649 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
The Wartime genesis of free labor : the lower South ( Book )
4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 550 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
Remembering slavery African Americans talk about their personal experiences of slavery and emancipation ( Recording )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Live recordings and dramatic readings of interviews with former slaves. The original recordings were made by interviewers from the Federal Writers' Project in the early 1930s and placed in the Library of Congress. They have now been re-mastered and made available to the American public
The Slaves' economy : independent production by slaves in the Americas ( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Wartime genesis of free labor : the upper South ( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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