From Homicide to Slavery : Studies in American Culture
For more than twenty years David Brion Davis has been recognized as a leading authority on the moral and ideological responses to slavery in the Western world. From Homicide to Slavery, Davis's first book of collected essays, brings together selections reflecting his wide-ranging interests in colonial history, Afro-American history, the social sciences, and American literature. The essays are interconnected by Davis's central concern with violence, irrationality, and the definition of moral limits during a period when Americans believed they were breaking free from historical constraints and acquiring new powers of self-perfection. Topics range from a socially revealing murder trial in 1843 to debates over capital punishment, movements of counter-subversion, the iconography of race, the cowboy as an American hero, the portrayal of violence in American literature, the historiography of slavery, and the British and American antislavery movements.
- Paperback | 316 pages
- 177.8 x 212.3 x 20.1mm | 492.67g
- 02 Feb 1989
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
Davis writes excellently, an unusual quality in an historian. He has the knack of focusing sharply on individual events, bringing out their historical significance without losing a good story, yet he is just as comfortable with broader themes. His approach is refreshingly interdisciplinary. * Sage Race Relations Abstracts * rich in ideas, lean of prose, and the products of a first-rate mind. Library Journal Davis has produced a body of work that is remarkable for its range and its interdisciplinary concerns as well as for its depth and its sophistication. Journal of American History David Brion Davis ranks among the most successful practitioners of sophisticated popular history. From Homicide to Slavery is a worthy testament to more than 20 years study of America's cultural past ... These essays embody an eloquent union of social and scholarly commitments. The Philadelphia Inquirer Davis's range and his gifts as a historian ... are truly remarkable ... This collection makes quite clear why David Brion Davis ranks as one of our most respected historians. * Georgia Historical Review *