African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean / Edition 2

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African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean is an original survey of the economic and social history of slavery and of the Afro-American experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Covering not only Spanish but also Portuguese and French regions and encompassing the latest research on the plantation system as well as on mining and the urban experience, the book brings together the recent findings on demography, the slave trade, the construction of the slave community, and Afro-American culture. The book also sheds new light on the processes of accommodation and rebellion and the experience of emancipation. The book concludes with a look at the post-emancipation integration patterns in the different societies, analyzing the relative success of the ex-slaves in obtaining control over land and escaping from the old plantation regimes. This second edition brings together the latest research and newest themes developed in the past two decades on slavery and the Afro-American experience not only in the traditional centers of the Caribbean and Brazil, but also in such previously neglected areas as Mexico and the mainland Spanish American colonies and republics.

About the Author:
Herbert S. Klein is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Professor of History, and Hoover Senior Fellow at Stanford University and Gouverneur Morris Emeritus Professor at Columbia University

About the Author:
Ben Vinson III is Director of the Center for Africana Studies and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University

"By far the best summary available of the history of African enslavement in Iberian America and the plantation Caribbean...." --Virginia Quarterly Review.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An outstanding study of considerable interest for courses in Latin American history."--Robert M. Levine, University of Miami

"This work is the first modern comprehensive comparative study of the experience of African slaves in the Spanish-, Portuguese-, and French-speaking regions of America....The interested student could ask for no better introduction to the subject....This is Klein's greatest accomplishment, and...should be a standard work for many years to come."--Hispanic American Historical Review

"Excellent book!!! My students like it too. Klein provides a wonderful overview of every facet of slavery."--T.C. DeLaney, Washington & Lee University

"An elegant, balanced synthesis...By far the best summary available, in any language, of the history of African enslavement in Iberian America and the plantation Caribbean....The book should become a standard teaching tool and an excellent point of departure for additional research into the comparative history of slavery in the Americas."-Business History Review

"Klein once again has produced a good solid work....This is an important piece of literature and is indispensable to serious students of slavery."--Virginia Quarterly Review

"Excellent. Well-researched, attractively written."--F. Lamar Pearson, Jr., Valdosta State College

"Clearly written and drawing upon the most recent scholarship, [this book] will immediately become an essential work for all interested in the study of slavery."--Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195189421
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 762,406
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbert S. Klein is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Professor of History, and Hoover Senior Fellow at Stanford University and Gouverneur Morris Emeritus Professor at Columbia University.

Ben Vinson III is Director of the Center for Africana Studies and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition


1 Origins of the American Slave System 3

2 The Establishment of African Slavery in Latin America in the 16th Century 17

3 Sugar and Slavery in the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th Centuries 49

4 Slavery in Portuguese and Spanish America in the 18th Century 65

5 Slavery and the Plantation Economy in the Caribbean in the 19th Century 85

6 Slavery and the Plantation Economy in Brazil and the Guyanas in the 19th Century 101

7 Life, Death, and the Family in Afro-American Slave Societies 119

8 Creation of a Slave Community and Afro-American Culture 135

9 Slave Resistance and Rebellion 165

10 Freedmen in a Slave Society 193

11 Transition from Slavery to Freedom 227

Bibliographical Notes 247

Tables 273

Index 275

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