Synopses & Reviews
This anthology reflects the sweeping changes of recent years in historians' views of slavery, featuring essays from the growing fields of social history, women's history, and comparative history.
About the Author
Richard D. Brown, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, is a 1961 graduate of Oberlin College who attended Harvard on a Woodrow Wilson Scholarship, earning his Ph.D. in 1966. Before coming to the University of Connecticut in 1971, he taught as a Fulbright lecturer in France and at Oberlin College. His research and teaching interests have been in the political, social, and cultural history of early America. His current project, "The Challenge of Equality in the Early Republic," employs microhistory and narrative. A past president of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic and the New England Historical Association, Brown has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.
Table of Contents
I. What Is Slavery? Orlando Patterson, Slavery and Social Death Eugene D. Genovese, On Paternalism II. The Emergence of Slavery Robert Fogel, Slavery in the New World Ira Berlin, Time, Space, and the Evolution of African-American Society Edmund S. Morgan, Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox David Brion Davis, The Uncertain Antislavery Commitment of Thomas Jefferson III. Slave Life and Culture Lawrence Levine, Slave Spirituals Images of Slavery: A Photographic Essay Albert J. Raboteau, Conjure Kenneth F. Kiple and Virginia H. King, Nutrition and Nutriments IV. Family and Gender Allan Kulikoff, The Life Cycle of Slaves Herbert G. Gutman, Family Life Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Slave Women V. United States Slavery in Comparative Perspective George M. Fredrickson, The Origins of Racial Slavery in Virginia and South Africa Peter Kolchin, American Slavery and Russian Serfdom Stanley L. Engerman, Slavery and Emancipation in Comparative Perspective VI. Slavery and Society Drew G. Faust, Slave Management Eugene D. Genovese, Slave Revolts Eric Foner, Slavery and the Civil War Suggestions for Further Reading