Find out about new additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:
The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting the Myth of Race & Finding an American Family, by Mark Auslander. This book tells the story of an enslaved Georgia woman named Kitty and her owner, a James Andrew, Methodist Bishop. His ownership of Kitty and other enslaved people triggered the 1844 national schism of the Methodist episcopal church. Even when offered her freedom, Kitty remained, the reasons why and the legacy of slavery are explored.
The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government’s Relations to Slavery, by Don Fehrenbacher. Originally written as neutral toward slavery, the author shows how domination of the federal government by slaveholding interests reshaped the Constitution, and how Lincoln’s election led to the south’s creation of a slaveholding republic.
Library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.