This may not sound like a Stacy Horn book, but I’ve wanted to write a book about slavery for a long time. Whether or not that will ever happen remains to be seen (although if I get to write the book I’m thinking about and plan to propose slavery will be in it).

In the meantime, I found this incredible website which lists which U.S. presidents owned slaves. Bottom line, “twelve of our presidents owned slaves and eight of them owned slaves while serving as president.” The site lists who they were, how many slaved they owned, the circumstances, quotes of theirs about slavery and any action they took regarding slavery. VERY eye-opening. It was put together by Western Washington University librarian Robert Lopresti.

Somewhere in Brooklyn, I know not where because I forgot to ask where I was.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Slavery

  1. Stacy,
    Please just write more books, I will read them whatever subject they cover!
    On the subject of slavery, I’d like to suggest a book I indexed last year, titled Northern Slave, Black Dakota, by Walt Bachman. It’s about a black man in 1800s Minnesota who married a Native American woman and never fully seemed to belong in either world (or the white one, for that matter). Two crazy things in the book: it talked about the extent of slavery in the northern states, because Army officers could all hold slaves there; and Abraham Lincoln, in the midst of the Civil War, went to huge efforts to make sure Native Americans were not unfairly prosecuted and executed (for their role in the US-Dakota War). It was a really great read.

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