Farrow, Anne, Lang, Joel, Frank, Jenifer. Complicity; how the North promoted, prolonged, and profited from slavery.

Author:Moore, Patricia
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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FARROW, Anne, LANG, Joel, FRANK, Jenifer. Complicity; how the North promoted, prolonged, and profited from slavery. Random House, Ballantine. 269p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. c2005. 0-345-46783. $15.95. JSA *

This book has a story of its own. When Aetna Insurance Company apologized to its shareholders in 2002 for having written insurance policies on slaves before the Civil War, three Connecticut journalists began to research the role of citizens and companies in their state in the promotion of slavery. Their work eventually expanded into the current book, which documents and describes how Northern shippers, factory owners, business magnates and even the makers of piano keys all depended on the slave system for their economic success.

Written in an easy-to-read newspaper style and generously illustrated with pictures and documents of the time, this book is as approachable as it is eye opening. The fairly short (20 page) chapters permit the younger reader to stop and reflect on the material while the older student can easily read the entire work. A 15-page bibliography of print...

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