In the Image of God: Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery

In the Image of God: Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery

by David Brion Davis
     
 

In this broad-ranging book, the preeminent authority on the history of slavery meditates on the orgins, experience, and legacy of this "peculiar institution." David Brion Davis begins with a substantial and highly personal introduction in which he discusses some of the major ideas and individuals that have shaped his approach to history. He then presents a series of… See more details below

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In this broad-ranging book, the preeminent authority on the history of slavery meditates on the orgins, experience, and legacy of this "peculiar institution." David Brion Davis begins with a substantial and highly personal introduction in which he discusses some of the major ideas and individuals that have shaped his approach to history. He then presents a series of interlocking essays that cover topics including slave resistance, the historical construction of race, and the connections between the abolitionist movement and the struggle for women's rights. The book also includes essays on such major figures as Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as appreciations of two of the finest historians of the twentieth century: C. Vann Woodward and Eugene D. Genovese. Gathered together for the first time, these essays present the major intellectual, historical, and moral issues essential to the study of New World slavery and its devastating legacy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300088144
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. IFrom Religion to Slavery
1Reinhold Niebuhr: An American Jeremiah19
2Martin Luther King, Jr.29
3Religion and American Culture37
4The Other Zion: American Jews and the Meritocratic Experiment47
5The Slave Trade and the Jews63
6Jews and Blacks in America73
Pt. IIHistorians of Two Generations
7The Rebel: C. Vann Woodward95
8A Tribute to Woodward108
9Southern Comfort: Eugene D. Genovese110
Pt. IIIOrigins
10At the Heart of Slavery123
11Slaves in Islam137
12A Big Business151
13The Triumph of the Country165
14The Labyrinth of Slavery178
15The Significance of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787189
16The Benefit of Slavery205
17Capitalism, Abolitionism, and Hegemony217
Pt. IVThe Violence of Slavery as Experienced
18The White World of Frederick Douglass237
19Life and Death in Slavery248
20The Ends of Slavery260
21White Wives and Slave Mothers277
22Terror in Mississippi290
Pt. VFrom the Construction of Race to the American Dilemma and the Feminist Revolution
23Constructing Race: A Reflection307
24The Culmination of Racial Polarities and Prejudice323
25The American Dilemma343
26The Other Revolution359
Credits377
Index381

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