Feb 4, 2013 — In her new book, Andrea Stuart explores the intersection of sugar, slavery, settlement, migration and survival in the Americas. Stuart's personal history was shaped by these forces — she is descended from a slave owner who had relations with an unknown slave.
Jan 7, 2013 — In a new book, Civil War historian Bruce Levine says that from the destruction of the South emerged an entirely new country, making the Civil War equivalent to a second American Revolution. Integral to the Union's victory, he says, were the nearly 200,000 black soldiers who enlisted.
Jul 16, 2012 — In Help Me to Find My People, Heather Andrea Williams uses artifacts from the post-Civil War era to explore the emotional toll of separation on families during slavery, and of their arduous journeys to reconnect.
Jul 5, 2012 — Washington, D.C., in the 1830s was a city of ferment. Free blacks were moving in, eventually outnumbering the city's slaves — a development that made whites very nervous. Those tensions came to a head in the now-forgotten race riot of 1835, an episode detailed in author Jefferson Morley's new book.
Apr 24, 2012 — The Civil War remains the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history and the defining crisis of the nation. But it might easily have started 12 years earlier. Fergus Bordewich tells the story of the compromise that staved off civil war, and also made it inevitable, in his book, America's Great Debate.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Long Song by Andrea Levy. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Song of Slaves in the Desert by Alan Cheuse. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 8, 2011 — All Things Considered book reviewer Alan Cheuse's new novel tells the story of a family of slaveholding Southern Jews before the Civil War — and what happens when a northern relative comes to visit.
Jan 16, 2011 — In January 1811, 500 armed slaves rose up from the plantations and set out to conquer the city of New Orleans. Host Guy Raz speaks with Daniel Rasmussen, author of the new book American Rising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt.
Nov 11, 2010 — The best stories creep under your skin and stay there. Kathryn Erskine recommends three gripping, unsettling reads with resolute, compelling narrators. These are stories that you just can't shake.