Life And Labor In The Old South

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Celebrated as a classic work of historical literature, Life and Labor in the Old South (1929) represents the culmination of three decades of research and reflection on the social and economic systems of the antebellum South by the leading historian of African American slavery of the first half of the twentieth century.

Life and Labor in the Old South represents both the strengths and weaknesses of first-rate scholarship by whites on the topics of antebellum African and African American slavery during the Jim Crow era. Deeply researched in primary sources, carefully focused on social and economic facets of slavery, and gracefully written, Phillips's germinal account set the standard for his contemporaries. Simultaneously the work is rife with elitism, racism, and reliance on sources that privilege white perspectives. Such contradictions between its content and viewpoint have earned Life and Labor in the Old South its place at the forefront of texts in the historiography of the antebellum South and African American slavery. The book is both a work of high scholarship and an example of the power of unexamined prejudices to affect such a work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570036781
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Southern Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 468
  • Sales rank: 821,857
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Ulrich Bonnell Phillips taught at the University of Wisconsin, Tulane University, the University of Michigan, and Yale University. His other books include American Negro Slavery, long a basic text on the subject.

John David Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vii
Series Editors' Preface     xv
Introduction   John David Smith     xvii
Preface to the First Edition     lvii
The Land of Dixie     3
The Old Dominion     14
The Younger Colonies     42
Redskins and Latins     58
From the Backwoods to the Bluegrass     72
The Cotton Belt     91
Staple Economy     112
Traffic     140
The Peculiar Institution     160
The Costs of Labor     173
Life in Thraldom     188
Some Virginia Masters     218
Southeastern Plantations     252
Planters of the Southwest     274
Overseers     305
Homesteads     328
The Plain People     339
The Gentry     354
Index     367
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