Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves

Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves

by Ira Berlin
     
 

Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its fiery demise nearly three hundred years later. Most Americans have a singular vision of slavery, fixed in the mid-nineteenth century when most American slaves grew cotton, resided in the deep South, and subscribed to Christianity. Berlin… See more details below

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Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its fiery demise nearly three hundred years later. Most Americans have a singular vision of slavery, fixed in the mid-nineteenth century when most American slaves grew cotton, resided in the deep South, and subscribed to Christianity. Berlin offers a major reinterpretation in which slavery was made and remade by successive generations of Africans and African Americans who lived through settlement and adaptation, plantation life, economic transformations, revolution, forced migration, war, and ultimately, emancipation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016248
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/23/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
305,087
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: slavery and freedom1
1Charter generations21
2Plantation generations51
3Revolutionary generations97
4Migration generations159
Epilogue: Freedom generations245
Tables272
Abbreviations280
Notes284
Acknowledgments363
Index365

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