Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World / Edition 1

Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World / Edition 1

by David Brion Davis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195140737

ISBN-13: 9780195140736

Pub. Date: 04/01/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


David Brion Davis has long been recognized as the leading authority on slavery in the Western World. His books have won every major history award--including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award--and he has been universally praised for his prodigious research, his brilliant analytical skill, and his rich and powerful prose. Now, in Inhuman Bondage

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David Brion Davis has long been recognized as the leading authority on slavery in the Western World. His books have won every major history award--including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award--and he has been universally praised for his prodigious research, his brilliant analytical skill, and his rich and powerful prose. Now, in Inhuman Bondage, Davis sums up a lifetime of insight in what Stanley L. Engerman calls "a monumental and magisterial book, the essential work on New World slavery for several decades to come."

Davis begins with the dramatic Amistad case, which vividly highlights the international character of the Atlantic slave trade and the roles of the American judiciary, the presidency, the media, and of both black and white abolitionists. The heart of the book looks at slavery in the American South, describing black slaveholding planters, the rise of the Cotton Kingdom, the daily life of ordinary slaves, the highly destructive internal, long-distance slave trade, the sexual exploitation of slaves, the emergence of an African-American culture, and much more. But though centered on the United States, the book offers a global perspective spanning four continents. It is the only study of American slavery that reaches back to ancient foundations (discussing the classical and biblical justifications for chattel bondage) and also traces the long evolution of anti-black racism (as in the writings of David Hume and Immanuel Kant, among many others). Equally important, it combines the subjects of slavery and abolitionism as very few books do, and it illuminates the meaning of nineteenth-century slave conspiracies and revolts, with a detailed comparison with 3 major revolts in the British Caribbean. It connects the actual life of slaves with the crucial place of slavery in American politics and stresses that slavery was integral to America's success as a nation--not a marginal enterprise.

A definitive history by a writer deeply immersed in the subject, Inhuman Bondage offers a compelling narrative that links together the profits of slavery, the pain of the enslaved, and the legacy of racism. It is the ultimate portrait of the dark side of the American dream. Yet it offers an inspiring example as well--the story of how abolitionists, barely a fringe group in the 1770s, successfully fought, in the space of a hundred years, to defeat one of human history's greatest evils.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140736
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Maps
A Selective Calendar of Events
Prologue
1. The Amistad Test of Law and Justice
2. The Ancient Foundations of Modern Slavery
3. The Origins of Anti-Black Racism in the New World
4. How Africans Became Integral to New World History
5. The Atlantic Slave System: Brazil and the Caribbean
6. Slavery in Colonial North America
7. The Problem of Slavery in the American Revolution
8. The Impact of the French and Haitian Revolutions
9. Slavery in the Nineteenth-Century South, I: From Contradiction to Defense
10. Slavery in the Nineteenth-Century South, II: From Slaveholder Treatment and the Nature of Labor to Slave Culture, Sex and Religion, and Free Blacks
11. Some Nineteenth-Century Slave Conspiracies and Revolts
12. Explanations of British Abolitionism
13. Abolitionism in America
14. The Politics of Slavery in the United States
15. The Civil War and Slave Emancipation
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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