Berlin, Ira. Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2003. A sweeping study of the successive charter, plantation, revolutionary, and migration "generations" of enslaved people in North America from the early 17th century to the Civil War.
Kolchin, Peter. American Slavery, 1619-1877. New York: Hill and Wang, 2003. The most complete yet still relatively brief synthesis of the rise and fall of slavery in colonial North America and the United States, balancing politics, economics, social relations, and culture.