Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South

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Overview

The classic study of American slavery as a deliberately chosen, practical system of controlling and exploiting labor.

The classic study of American slavery as a deliberatedly chosen system of controlling labor.

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"A thoughtful, deeply moving book....Mr. Stampp wants to show specifically what slavery was like, why it existed, and what it did to the American people .... There is a massive impact to this book-made all the more effective by the fact that its author writes with a dispassionate and scholarly objectivity -- which helps to make it one of the most valuable and memorable books ever written in this field."-- Bruce Catton

"In ten sparkling chapters the book details and illuminates every aspect of slavery....Slavery is viewed not as a method of regulating race relations, not as an arrangement that was in its essence paternalistic, but as a practical system of controlling and exploiting labor. How the slaves worked, how they resisted bondage, how they were disciplined, how they lived their lives in the quarters, and how they behaved toward each other and toward their masters are themes which receive full exploration.... The materials are handled with imagination and verve, the style is polished, the factual evidence is precise and accurate. Some scholars will disagree with the conclusions. No one can afford to disregard them."-- Frank W. Klingberg, American Historical Review

"The Peculiar Institution is one of the most important and provocative works on Southern history to appear in our generation."-- David Donald, Commentary

David Donald
The Peculiar Institution is one of the most important and provocative works on Southern history to appear in our generation.
Commentary
Frank W. Klingberg
In ten sparkling chapters the book details and illuminates every aspect of slavery….Slavery is viewed not as a method of regulating race relations, not as an arrangement that was in its essence paternalistic, but as a practical system of controlling and exploiting labor. How the slaves worked, how they resisted bondage, how they were disciplined, how they lived their lives in the quarters, and how they behaved toward each other and toward their masters are scenes which receive full exploration….The materials are handled with imagination and verve, the style is polished, the factual evidence is precise and accurate. Some scholars will disagree with the conclusions. No one can afford to disregard them.
American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679723073
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 200,535
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Setting

2. From Day Clean to First Dark

3. A Troublesome Property

4. To Make Them Stand in Fear

5. Chattels Personal

6. Slavemongering

7. Maintenance, Morbidity, Mortality

8. Between Two Cultures

9. Profit and Loss

10. He Who Has Endured

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

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    This book was just dry and boring. It repeated itself for over 400 pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Well....

    If you like to read fact after fact, then this is so the book for you. I had to read it for AP US History and it made me just about sleep everytime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    A Quest for Freedom

    This book reads so well that if you have never picked up a book about America Slavery, you would enjoy the personal, and intimate touch the author contributes to such a hostil topic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001

    Interesting read..

    This is a good book for people who are really interested in the subject, but for the average reader, it's a bit blah. It has a lot of information that may not exactly be common knowledge, but the detailed descriptions of every little aspect of slave life can be a little long-winded at times. As for me, I also read this book for an AP US History, so I didn't have much of a choice as to whether or not to read this book. It was enlightening and I do recommend this book to any antebellum slavery fanatics out there, but otherewise, I'd advise you to just save your time and money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    Better than Minutemen and Their World, but still bad

    This book was way too long. Waaaay to long. I had to read Peculiar Institution for AP US History. After reading Minutemen and their World, I didn't believe anything could be more boring. I was right. Although it was basically a list of facts, this book actually kept me awake, hense earning it two whole stars (oooohh, aahhhh.) It was as dry as a Thanksgiving turkey, but lacked the sleepy side effects.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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