Slavery in the United States [2 volumes]: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia

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For 250 years, slavery was part of the fabric of American life. The institution had an enormous economic impact and was central to the wealth of the agrarian South. It had as great an impact on American culture, cementing racism and other attitudes that echo into the present. This encyclopedia is an ambitious examination of all the issues surrounding slavery: the origins, the justifications, the controversies, and the human drama.

These volumes represent the work of 75 distinguished scholars from around the world. Ten thematic essays present a thorough examination of slavery and slave culture, including a rare treatment of slavery from the slave's point of view. Three hundred A–Z entries provide instant access to specific people, issues, and events. Today, slavery's immorality seems obvious. This encyclopedia provides the student or general reader with an in-depth explanation of how the practice evolved and was normalized, then anathematized and abolished.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This work is one of the better ones and would be of interest to both graduate and undergraduate students of American history."



"a necessary purchase for all libraries."


Library Journal

"this set will be an essential addition to any collection supporting a middle or high school American Studies curriculum."


School Library Journal

"Highly recommended for most academic and public libraries."



"it would be hard to find a better two-volume reference work on slavery."


Library Media Connection

"Overall, this encyclopedic guide will be useful for college/university libraries and larger public libraries."



Library Journal

Slavery in the United States has long been a charged topic of discussion among historians and the public at large. Unique to this work edited by Rodriguez (history, Eureka Coll.; Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery) are ten contextual essays on topics such as conquest, colonialism, and the origins of African slavery as well as essays-e.g., "End of the Slave Trade" and "Rise of Abolitionism"-that bring together the set's various parts (one of them is written from a slave's perspective). Three hundred AtoZ entries by more than 100 contributors span some 575 pages and highlight people, issues, and events dating from the first colonization through Reconstruction, e.g., "African American Culture and Strategies for Survival" and "The Coming of the War and Emancipation." Primarysource documents include "John Locke Prepares a Constitution for Carolina (1669)" and "Frederick Douglass Offers Reflections upon Emancipation (1883)." J. Blaine Hudson's Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad(McFarland & Co., 2006), though useful in its specialized treatment, does not compare; neither do other recent treatments of the subject. Notwithstanding the rather high price, a necessary purchase for all libraries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851095445
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Pages: 740
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.50 (d)

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