What is Slavery?

What is Slavery?

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What is slavery? It seems a simple enough question. Despite the long history of the institution and its widespread use around the globe, many people still largely associate slavery, outside of the biblical references in the Old Testament, to the enslavement of Africans in America, particularly the United States. Slavery proved to be essential to the creation of the young nation's agricultural and industrial economies and profoundly shaped its political and cultural landscapes, even until today.What Is Slavery? focuses on the experience of enslaved black people in the United States from its early colonial period to the dawn of that destructive war that was as much about slavery as anything else. The book begins with a survey of slavery across time and place, from the ancient world to the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade and then describes the commerce in black laborers that ushered in market globalization and brought more than 12 million Africans to the Americas, before finally examining slavery in law and practice. For those who are looking for a concise and comprehensive treatment of such topics as slave labor, culture, resistance, family and gender relations, the domestic slave trade, the regionalization of the institution in the expanding southern and southwestern frontiers, and escalating abolitionist and proslavery advocacies, this book will be essential reading.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745695853

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Introduction: What is Slavery? Chapter One: Slavery Across Time and Place Before the Atlantic Slave Trade Chapter Two: African Beginnings and the Atlantic Slave Trade Chapter Three: African People in the Colonial World of North America Chapter Four: Slavery and Antislavery in Antebellum America (144) Conclusionshow more

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"This small book is something of a miracle, telling a story of global importance and ancient lineage in ways both evocative and efficient. No other single volume better explains the origins and evolution of slavery in American history."Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond"Brenda Stevenson's What is Slavery? fills a huge gap in our knowledge of humans behaving badly and reveals the violence, abuse, and exploitation that accompanied this inhumane practice. This is a welcome and much-needed addition to the scholarship on slavery in the ancient and modern world."V. P. Franklin, University of California -This small book is something of a miracle, telling a story of global importance and ancient lineage in ways both evocative and efficient. No other single volume better explains the origins and evolution of slavery in American history.-Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond-Brenda Stevenson's What is Slavery? fills a huge gap in our knowledge of humans behaving badly and reveals the violence, abuse, and exploitation that accompanied this inhumane practice. This is a welcome and much-needed addition to the scholarship on slavery in the ancient and modern world.-V. P. Franklin, University of Californiashow more

About Brenda E. Stevenson

Brenda E. Stevenson is Professor of History at University of California, Los Angelesshow more

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