John McGuire reviews The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War by Andrew Delbanco. This nonfiction book is a “well-documented and valuable work [that] makes clear how slavery shaped the early American experience with effects that reverberate today,” according to Publisher’s Weekly.
John McGuire is a professor of history at Siena College.
The Friends of Albany Public Library host regular book reviews, author talks, and special presentations every Tuesday at 12:15 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch. (https://albanypubliclibrary.libcal.com/event/4809318?hs=a)