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Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740

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Challenging the generally accepted belief that the introduction of racial slavery to America was an unplanned consequence of a scarce labor market, Anthony Parent, Jr., contends that during a brief period spanning the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries a small but powerful planter class, acting to further its emerging economic interests, intentionally brought racial slavery to Virginia.

Parent bases his argument on three historical developments: the expropriation of Powhatan lands, the switch from indentured to slave labor, and the burgeoning tobacco trade. He argues that these were the result of calculated moves on the part of an emerging great planter class seeking to consolidate power through large landholdings and the labor to make them productive. To preserve their economic and social gains, this planter class inscribed racial slavery into law. The ensuing racial and class tensions led elite planters to mythologize their position as gentlemen of pastoral virtue immune to competition and corruption. To further this benevolent image, they implemented a plan to Christianize slaves and thereby render them submissive. According to Parent, by the 1720s the Virginia gentry projected a distinctive cultural ethos that buffered them from their uncertain hold on authority, threatened both by rising imperial control and by black resistance, which exploded in the Chesapeake Rebellion of 1730.

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Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia

About the Author

Anthony S. Parent Jr. is associate professor of history at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807854860
Author:
Parent, Anthony S.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Parent Jr., Anthony S.
Author:
Anthony S. Jr. Parent
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Virginia
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
Social conflict
Subject:
Plantation life
Subject:
Plantation owners
Subject:
Elite
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
History/United States: Colonial, Revolutionary Era, and Early American; African-American/African Studies;
Subject:
Virginia Race relations.
Subject:
Slaves -- Virginia -- Social conditions.
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
History/United States: Colonial, Revolutionary Era,
Subject:
Early American; African-American/African Studies;
Subject:
Early American
Subject:
African-American/African Studies
Subject:
History/United States: Colonial, Revolutionary Era, & Early American
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Subject:
History/United S
Subject:
tates: Colonial, Revolutionary Era, & Early American
Subject:
History - United States/Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
Era, & Early American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
Series Volume:
v.4, no.1
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 illus., 3 maps, 6 figs.
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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