Prologue Looking Out From Slavery
• Extraordinary people did extraordinary things in difficult circumstances.
• Focusing on too small of time periods is not sufficient, according to the author.
• African Americans contributed to the formation of a new political nation.
• African Americans exposed the relationship between labor and democracy.
Part 1, Chapter 1 Of Chains and Threads
• Lincoln's victory was thought to bring freedom to slaves.
• There was great diversity in antebellum South slavery.
• During the mid-19th century, slave-master relationships changed.
• Southern slaveholders tried to encourage and organize communities.
• Slave revolts still took place in some areas.
• Rumors of slave insurrection ran across the South.
Part 1, Chapter 2 The Choked Voices of a Race at Last Unloosed
• Political inclusion of women and blacks was ignored.
• Slaveholders and slaves thought the Republican party to be hostile toward slavery.
• Slave rebellions began.
• Military personnel were prohibited from returning slaves to owners...
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