The single best short survey in America, now updated.
Includes a New Preface and Afterward
In terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin's American Slavery is a singularly important achievement. Now updated to address a decade of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface, afterword, and revised and expanded bibliographic essay. It remains the best book to introduce a subject of profound and lasting importance, one that lies at the center of American history.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||5.48(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.95(d)|
About the Author
Peter Kolchin, the Henry Clay Reed Professor of History at the University of Delaware, is the author of numerous books, most recently A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth Century South in Comparative Perspective (2003).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
good history, a little dry
I am a high school softmore who used this book for my research project. I recommend this book to anyone although it was boring to but whoever needs a better understanding and willing to learn American slavery. This book had so much history and was hard too understand. Although this book is long and doesn't really get to the point right away because its just all history facts. One part that interested me was they way women were treated in terrible ways. The other part also was the way they still did culture rituals with dancing, music, folklore arts, and also with medicine even if there were enslaved. The author Peter Kolchin was brilliant organized with they way he discussed the daily lives of slaves, type of slaves, and the way it all ended in the late eighteenth century. I got a deeper understanding of slavery and its just not that they plantation and house slavery. The first sentence of the book had already so much history into. This book answered all my questions about slavery and I didn't use any other resources for my project.
I am a high school sophomore who read this book for an English project. I thought this book had excessive detail and was very confusing. It helped to answer all of my questions, but it was a difficult read and hard to understand. Since it had much detail, i thought it was very boring and it took me a while to read. I learned many new facts about these slaves and their lifestyle. It took me a while to understand what the book was talking about which made me read it over, but once i got it i found its information useful. The author, Peter Kolchin has many different ideas and arguments which is very helpful. His purpose is to let the readers know all the hardships, pain, and cruelty these individuals went through. This is a very good book especially if you love the topic American Slavery. I encourage this book to be read if you are looking for a good read about Slavery with tons of information.
I am a high school sophomore and I have to write this review for my research project for my English class. This book was boring but it answers almost all your questions about slavery in America. The author Peter Kolchin explains to you the daily lives of slaves and what they have to go through and also how it started. He does this in a very interesting way. This book is history based so if that's not your interest than I don't recommend this book. It helped me answer most of my research questions for my project.