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Slavery by Thomas Streissguth

Seventeen primary documents reflect various aspects of slavery, especially concerning the slave trade, foreign perspectives on Americàs peculiar institution, the slave's experience, slave resistance, and abolitionism. Offering the perspectives of Southern gentlemen, foreign visitors (including soldiers and revolutionaries), abolitionists, and especially the slaves themselves, particular chapters discuss slave auctions, plantation life, the status of women, punishment, religion, rebellion, escape, the economic role of slavery, the comparison to wage-slavery in the north, and abolitionist strategies. A chronology and an introductory essay are provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737706321
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Series: History Firsthand Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 223
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1The Slave Trade
Chapter Preface27
1.A Voyage to West Africa29
2.The Middle Passage38
3.A Day at the Slave Auctions47
Chapter 2Foreign Perspectives
Chapter Preface62
1.A Redcoat's View of Plantation Life64
2.An Inhuman Institution67
3.Revolutionary Opinions80
Chapter 3A Life in Bondage
Chapter Preface93
1.The Uncertainties of Courtship and Marriage94
2.The Cruel Fate of Women105
3.The Sale of a Slave116
Chapter 4Definance, Rebellion, and Escape
Chapter Preface136
1.Finding Strength in Religion138
2.Nat Turner's Confession147
3.An Escape Betrayed161
Chapter 5The Abolition Debate
Chapter Preface181
1.Slavery Brings Economic Prosperity183
2.Northern Slavery193
3.Proclaiming the Abolitionist Creed199
4.Destroying Slavery with the Ballot208
For Further Research217

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