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Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery
     

Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery

by Randall M. Miller (Editor), John David Smith (Editor), John D. Smith (Editor)
 

Secondary school, public, and academic libraries will welcome this excellent one-volume encyclopedia. . . . Scholars seeking facts outside their specialty as well as generalists investigating aspects of American slavery can benefit from the Dictionary. A good subject index and cross-references facilitate access. Though some of the information can be found elsewhere

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Secondary school, public, and academic libraries will welcome this excellent one-volume encyclopedia. . . . Scholars seeking facts outside their specialty as well as generalists investigating aspects of American slavery can benefit from the Dictionary. A good subject index and cross-references facilitate access. Though some of the information can be found elsewhere, the focus here is unique, the articles combine substance with fluent style, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Library Journal (starred review)

This dictionary is the first comprehensive reference on Afro-American slavery to appear since the 1960s. It fills a great gap in the historiography of slavery that has been created by the proliferation of modern slavery studies in the past twenty-five years, and provides the opportunity for synthesizing the best literature on the many and diverse topics relating to the slavery experience in North America. Miller and Smith include essays on the social, institutional, intellectual, and political aspects of slavery, written by leading experts in the field. The book covers a wide selection of materials in almost 300 articles that examine regional and geographical differences and changes in slavery from the first English settlement in North America to Reconstruction. The contributors offer both narrative summaries and interpretive arguments, and the editors have provided an explanatory introduction and a comprehensive subject index. Special care has been taken to include suggestions for further reading for each entry, and the topics have been selected for their importance to both specialists and nonspecialists.

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Library Journal
Secondary school, public, and academic libraries will welcome this excellent one-volume encyclopedia. The 300 or so articles, which focus on places, persons, or themes, are frequently several pages long; the more than 200 authors are truly experts in their respective subjects, and several are well known. A brief bibliography follows every article; the citations, ranging from primary sources to recent scholarship, are limited to what the authors and editors consider the best of relevant writings. Reference librarians will applaud the knowledge and judgment reflected in the bibliographies, though a more rigorous check for post-1984 items would have strengthened this feature. Scholars seeking facts outside their specialty as well as generalists investigating aspects of American slavery can benefit from the Dictionary. A good subject index and cross-references facilitate access. Though some of the information can be found elsewhere, the focus here is unique, the articles combine substance with fluent style, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.-- Sally Linden, Wellesley Coll. Lib., Mass.
Booknews
Essays on the social, institutional, intellectual, and political aspects of slavery. Some 300 signed articles, each with a brief bibliography. Contributors offer both narrative summaries and interpretive arguments. Arranged alphabetically, indexed by subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313238147
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/15/1988
Pages:
882
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.13(d)

Meet the Author

RANDALL M. MILLER is Professor of History and Director of American Studies at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He is Editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography and the author or editor of ten books, including the award-winning Dear Master: Letters of a Slave Family (1978). His most recent book is Ethnic & Racial Images in American Film & Television (1987). His articles have appeared in American Heritage, Business History Reviews, Phylon, Southern Studies, and elsewhere.

JOHN DAVID SMITH is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University. His books include Window on the War: Frances Dallam Peter's Lexington Civil War Diary (co-edited with William Cooper, Jr., 1976), Black Slavery in the Americas: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography, 1865-1980 (2 vols., Greenwood Press, 1982) and An Old Creed for the New South: Proslavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865-1918 (Greenwood Press, 1985). His articles have appeared in Civil War History, The Journal of Negro History, Phylon, and numerous other scholarly journals.

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