Slavery

Slavery

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This new Reader draws on a range of documentary sources to show the origins, history, and realities of slavery and the slave trade. Exploring the economic, cultural, and political role of slavery, the volume shows the similarities as well as the differences in different times and places. While focusing primarily on the Americas, the volume extends to a consideration of slavery in other societies in the classical world, Africa, Asia, and the contemporary world. With over 150 selections, varying from one paragraph to several pages in length, the volume ranges widely, from international slave trade regulations and the individual records of slaveowners, to legislative debate concerning the emancipation of slaves. The volume aims to show the diversity of human experiences of slavery, and explains the causes of both the ending as well as the origins of slavery. Covering many aspects of slavery, the volume considers the ways in which slavery has been justified and attacked, the operations of slave societies, and the experiences of those living in them. Selections are drawn from a wide variety of sources, such as biblical and philosophical discussions, the writings of slaves, slaveowners, abolitionists, economists, lawyers, and historians. In addition, the volume includes selections from many leading historians and economists studying slavery and emancipation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 516 pages
  • 162.56 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0192893025
  • 9780192893024
  • 1,429,804

About Stanley L. Engerman

Stanley L. Engerman is Professor of Economics and History at the University of Rochester, NY. His publications include 'The Colonial Era', volume I of 'The Cambridge Economic History of the United States' (edited with Robert Gallman, 1996). Robert Paquette is Professor of History at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. He is the author of 'Sugar is Made with Blood: The Conspiracy of La Escalera and the Conflict between Empires over Slavery in Cuba' (1998). Seymour Drescher is Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. His publications include 'The Meaning of Freedom: Economics, Politics and Culture after Slavery' (1992).show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; MEANING ; THE ORIGINS AND METHODS OF ENSLAVEMENT ; SLAVE LAWS ; THE SLAVE TRADE ; THE EXPERIENCE OF SLAVERY ; RESISTANCE ; ECONOMICS AND DEMOGRAPHY ; ABOLITION AND EMANCIPATION ; 4C EXTRACT FROM 'THE ECONOMIST' (1997)show more

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