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In Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War, the authors explain the occurrences in America during the thirty years between 1831 and 1861. This book discusses the attitudes and events that led up to and caused the Civil War in America, particularly the institution of slavery, the Abolitionist movement, and the rise of Abraham Lincoln.

History is dramatic - and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young listeners. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes, and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.

©2013 James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier (P)2013 AudioGO

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Sanitized View of History

Although I believe the authors were trying to maintain a nonbiased view of the problems, I was appalled at the minimization of slavery. From everything I have read, I do not believe that most slaves were given meat regularly. They mention that slaves were able to supplement their meals from their own gardens. I am not sure when they had time when they worked such longer hours. Disappointing read.

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5 🌟 stars!

very short, concise, and sweet! it's sad that the main stream education system spread such hate. i wish I had this book to read in junior high and high school.

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good facts

Narrator was easy to listen to. Serious voice for a serious subject. Glad it stuck to facts over socialism views.

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ILLUMINATING

I have felt such sadness and heartbreak over what is happening in our country that I have been compelled to seek deeper understanding.

So, at 63 years of age I am looking for re-education in the beginnings of our country and how we have gotten to the point where we are today, so deeply divided and angry.

I searched Audible and was so glad to find this series, which I hope will shed more light on what I have forgotten or never learned.

I found the information in this recording VERY Enlightening and Easy to follow and the Narration very enjoyable to listen to. I have my notebook and pen ready for note-taking as I listen for a second time to help me better understand our History.

I also look forward to the other Titles contained in this Series! 🙏🏻💕




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Great idea!

good way to learn the scenarios around a horrible time in our nation. hopefully it won't be repeated anytime soon.

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Great history lesson

The speaker is kinda dry, but the overall story is fantastic! Definitely worth a listen.

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If you’re a member of the Klu Klux Klan you will love it.

The Authors clearly had an agenda to re-write history. This book minimizes slavery and tries to promote the notion that enslaved people was actually better off. What garbage. It’s white supremacy doctrine disguised as “history”. These writers should be ashamed for promoting such trash. I am disappointed Audible would even make it available.

Lost Cause Garbage !

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That's a deal breaker!

I was most of the way through chapter 1 when I hear, "You may wonder how people can treat each this cruelly, but you must remember that people in the 17th and 18th centuries did not value human life as much as we do today." Seriously? With the murder rate as high as it is and rising and the legal murder of hundreds of thousands of unborn babies, we value life more?!! That was a deal breaker for me. On to the next book!

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Whitewashing of History

I really wanted to like this book. The prolog got me excited because I liked the idea of focusing on a period of time and learning about the overarching story, rather than wading through a "swamp of names, dates and events".


Unfortunately, this book turned out be a racist whitewashing of history through omission and minimization of slavery. Don't get me wrong, I don't claim to be a historian. However, even I was able to pick up on the flagrant minimization. Here's an example, the authors state that "Blacks had big families"... umm, you mean when they were forced to breed and rape of black women was common and unrecorded?

How about another example? The authors talk how in the summer slaves had 16 hour days with just one break in the afternoon just long enough to eat lunch. In the same breath, they say "as was common for white folks in that time as well". I'm pretty damn sure that slave's 16 work day was vastly different than a paid hand's day. No one is questioning whether whites worked hard or not. By equivocating the two, the authors reduce the barbarity of slavery.

A note to the authors:

Whether you know it or not, you're helping to propagate racist ideas. Please stop, especially since you're targeting this as supplemental teaching material. I challenge you to critically evaluate your ideas from an anti-racist lense.