Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this “rich and admirably written book” (Eugene Genovese, The New York Times Book Review) aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites interacted in ways that dramatized not only their mutual dependency, but the ambiguities and tensions that had always been latent in “the peculiar institution.”
“Litwack displays a keen sense of the revealing expression and incident; a controlled passion against injustice and cruelty; and a grasp—not always in evidence these days—of the elements of genuine tragedy in the black-white confrontation that has shaped southern history.” —Eugene Genovese, The New York Times Book Review
“As a comprehensive study of the coming of freedom, Litwack's book has no rival.”—C. Vann Woodward, The New York Review of Books