In a deeply researched, wide-ranging book, retired journalist Ben McNitt tells how slavery shaped American politics--and indeed the American story--from the Founding until the Civil War, covering people and events that still resonate as the United States continues to debate its past as it relates to slavery, and the political and geographic contours of human bondage endure into the twenty-first century.
Ben McNitt began his career as a political reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and later moved to the Tucson Citizen as Arizona's first environmental reporter. In the early 1980s, he worked as a freelance reporter for CBS News in the Middle East and then became CNN's Cairo Bureau Chief and Mid-East correspondent. In the late 1980s, he started ghosting a syndicated column for United Features Syndicate and went on to work for the National Wildlife Federation as media director. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.