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Many Thousands Gone - by Ira Berlin

Many Thousands Gone - by Ira Berlin Ethics Poetry Slaves and Slave Owners American History African American History Civil Rights Law and Politics Social Studies

Slavery lasted a very long time in America.  Who were the people brought to Colonial America?  Who were the people brought to the United States?

This book examines the first 200 years of American Slavery through different generations: 

  • "The Charter Generations"
  • "The Plantation Generations"
  • "The Revolutionary Generations" 

It takes its title from an old "Negro Spiritual," entitled "Many Thousand Gone."

Many Thousand Gone

No more auction block for me
No more, no more
No more auction block for me
Many thousand gone

No more peck of corn for me
No more, no more
No more peck of corn for me
Many thousand gone

No more driver’s lash for me
No more, no more
No more drivers’ lash for me
Many thousand gone

No more pint of salt for me
No more, no more
No more pint of salt for me
Many thousand gone

No more hundred lash for me
No more, no more
No more hundred lash for me
Many thousand gone

No more mistress call for me
No more, no more
No more mistress call for me
Many thousand gone

No more children stole from me
No more, no more
No more children stole from me
Many thousand gone

No more slavery chains for me
No more, no more
No more slavery chains for me
Many thousand gone

Thanks to Harvard University Press and Google Books, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America, by Ira Berlin, is available for online reading.


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Image online, Harvard University Press and Google Books.

 

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