About the Book

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass

Edited by Paul Finkelman

Documents the full range of the African American experience from the arrival of Esteban in 1527 to the death of Frederick Douglass.

Focusing on the making of African American society from the arrival of the black explorer Esteban, who came with the Spanish in 1527, to the death of Frederick Douglass in 1895, this encyclopedia traces the transition from Africa to America and the role Africans played in shaping the development of American society. Entries examine topics that include the laws creating slavery in the seventeenth century, important slave revolts and the slave trade (African and domestic), the antislavery movement, fugitive slave controversies, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Approaching African American history chronologically, the two encyclopedias in this series focus on the age, times, events, and people who affected the life and the development of African American history.

Paul Finkelman is the Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa Law School.