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The Great Stain

Noel Rae

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1513-4
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Hardcover
The Overlook Press
2/20/18

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There have been numerous books about the why, when, and where of slavery in America, but there is a dearth of material exposing what slavery was actually like. In The Great Stain, researcher Noel Rae frames first hand accounts from former slaves, slave owners, and even African slavers.

Rae exposes the commerce and culture of slavery, not only from an economic or moral standpoint but also through multitudinous perspectives within it: a young girl is beaten after being accused of stealing a piece of candy, a slave ship’s surgeon recounts brutal treatment and squalid conditions, an Englishman visiting Haiti observes as violent uprisings break out. So many viewpoints ensure that no historical blind spot will leave the picture of an era incomplete.

The Great Stain weaves a tapestry of good and evil, of greed and kindness, and of a civilization as it develops, evolves, and continues to move toward the future. More than that, the reader will encounter the complex economic underpinning of an entire society based on the exploitation of the cheapest labor.

Noel Rae is the author of The People's War: Original Voices Of The American Revolution and Witnessing America: The Library of Congress Book of First-Hand Accounts of Public Life, and is the editor of This Is Berlin: Radio Broadcasts from Nazi Germany, a collection of William Shirer’s radio broadcasts, published by Overlook. He lives in Westchester, NY.

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