One of the most important books published on slave society, StolenChildhood focuses on the millions of children and youth enslaved in 19th-centuryAmerica. This enlarged and revised edition reflects the abundance of new scholarshipon slavery that has emerged in the 15 years since the first edition. While thestructure of the book remains the same, Wilma King has expanded its scope to includethe international dimension with a new chapter on the transatlantic trade in Africanchildren, and the book''s geographic boundaries now embrace slave-born children inthe North. She includes data about children owned by Native Americans and AfricanAmericans, and presents new information about children''s knowledge of andparticipation in the abolitionist movement and the interactions between enslaved andfree children.
"...a movingly written, carefully documented work. King's provocative thesis concerning the deliberate and long-lasting race and caste-linked theft of childhood in the antebellum United States should give us pause and encourage us to think more deeply about the heritage of abuse and deprivation and its effects through many generations." - Adele Logan Alexander 01/14/1996 Quarterly Black Review of Books
"More than simply a window into the world of younger slaves, 'Stolen Childhood' offers an informed and moving narrative that assists us in understanding the people and the system that shaped many of the social patterns in American life." - Barbara Omolade February/March, 1996