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BIPOC Books

Click on title to go to the library catalog record. All books are available as eBooks - some are available in print. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. 

The American Revolution and the Black Experience - eBooks

Click on title to go to the library catalog record. All books are available as eBooks - some are available in print. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. Titles by BIPOC authors are noted.

The American Revolution and the Black Experience - Streaming Videos

Below are videos from our Academic Video Online collection from Alexander Street Press. The videos here are 2 minute clips, scroll within the video and click on the "Get Access" button to access the full video (library log-in required). Videos are an hour+ long. There are closed captions/transcripts available. 

Interview with Fath Ruffins, Scholar and Researcher, The Smithsonian Institute.

Fath Ruffins is interviewed about the division of slave labor, the supervision of women slaves, blacks' reaction to Dunmore's Proclamation, slavery's decline at the end of the Revolutionary War, free blacks at the end of the Revolutionary War.

Interview with Margaret Washington, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University

Margaret Washington is interviewed about the slave labor economy in the 18th century, Stamp Act and resistance in South Carolina, Boston and Violet King seeking safety with the British, slaves follow the British to New York City, the Treaty of Paris and certificates of freedom, General Birch and The Book of Negroes, Phillis Wheatley's life and poetry, the contradictions and appeal of Christianity, The American Revolution and the first struggle for freedom, The Constitution and Bill of Rights, Elizabeth Freeman and suits for freedom, Colonel Tye, Maroon Societies, concepts of freedom.

Interview with Norrece T. Jones, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

Norrece Jones is interviewed about realities for slave families, the importance of kinship, communications among slaves, the relationships between master and slaves, the fates of slave mothers and babies, contradictory notions of freedom, why many slaves supported the British, Venture Smith, capitalism as a driver of slavery, resistance and its dangers, distortions of American history with regard to slavery.

Interview with Thomas J. Davis, Professor of History, Arizona State University and author of "Africans in the Americas: A History of the Black Diaspora"​

Thomas J. Davis is interviewed about Venture Smith and the relationship between slave and slave holder, Venture's loss of his family and the purchase of their freedom, the difference between a free Negro and a free person, the importance of waterways in colonial life, Venture Smith's acquisition of land, the significance of the Revolutionary War, Venture Smith as slave owner, The Constitution's sanction of slavery and what it meant to Venture Smith.