How Did American Slavery Begin? / Edition 1

How Did American Slavery Begin? / Edition 1

by Edward Countryman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312182619

ISBN-13: 9780312182618

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

How did slavery in America begin? Gangs of black slaves toiling on large southern plantations dominate many students' ideas of African American history. Although ultimately the reality for most forced immigrants of African descent, the institution of slavery was not inevitable in colonial America. Each of the 5 selections in this volume attempts to show students

Overview

How did slavery in America begin? Gangs of black slaves toiling on large southern plantations dominate many students' ideas of African American history. Although ultimately the reality for most forced immigrants of African descent, the institution of slavery was not inevitable in colonial America. Each of the 5 selections in this volume attempts to show students how slavery emerged, how it became the defining condition for African Americans in the British colonies, and how its development influenced and transformed every aspect of society from colonial law and politics to social relations and cultural values.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312182618
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Historians at Work Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
A Note for Students

PART I. INTRODUCTION

The Beginnings of American Slavery
Africans and Slavery in Colonial America
Historians and the Beginnings of Slavery

PART II. SOME CURRENT QUESTIONS

1. Was the early "European Atlantic" also an African Atlantic?
Ira Berlin, From Creole to African: Atlantic Creoles and the Origins of African-American Society in Mainland North America

2. Who enslaved whom?
Margaret Washington, Gullah Roots, From "A Peculiar People": Slave Religion and Community-Culture among the Gullahs

3. How did the subject of slavery enter American law?
A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., The Ancestry of Inferiority (1619-1662), From Shades of Freedom: Racial Politics and Presumptions of the American Legal Process

4. How did North America's absolute racial division begin?
Winthrop D. Jordan, American Chiaroscuro: The Status and Definition of Mulattoes in the British Colonies

5. Did American freedom rest upon American slavery?
Edmund S. Morgan, Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox

Making Connections
Suggestions for Further Reading

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