The single best short survey in America, now es a New Preface and AfterwardIn terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s. Peter Kolchin’s American Slavery, first published in in the widely acclaimed American Century Series edited by Eric Foner, is a useful and mas terly survey. peter kolchin’s american slavery: chapters and the economies of the british colonies that would eventually become the united states were not.

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Preview — American Slavery by Peter Kolchin. Instead of the usual Civil War rhetoric or views from the owner’s perspective, this book shows what it’s like inside the life of slaves and also compares it to other countries enforced labor around the same akerican.

Oddly, only somewere brought to the colonies but conditions were such that they could reproduce themselves and produce the amalgam that was American slavery. Fritz Metsch Designed by.

There is a very large bibliography and you can tell that the author’s devoted an entire life’s work to achieve this kind of product. There is also a chapter that discusses slavery from the white southerners perspective during those years after the Civil War.

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Here are a few gems. Clearly written, well thought out, this book is particularly notable for its superbly annotated bibliography.

Kolchin presents a complex picture of slavery as it evolves and changes over time. The 10th anniversary afterword–in which he discusses the recent scholarship of Kolchim Berlin, Philip D. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Some of the statist If you pick this book up with the understanding that it is an attempt to identify wider trends within American slavery and not narrative about individual lives, I think you would quite enjoy this work. Sep 29, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Americaj good interpretive history of the subject that can be appreciated by undergraduates i.

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A clear and briskly written survey that puts slavery in context and explains its slvery impact on American life. The book is not an attempt to provide new original research, but to sum up the existing literature, and xlavery that goal it succeeds brilliantly.


Focuses both on the slaves and on the masters and what they thought. This resulted in an intense relationship between slaves and slave owners an The sugar and rice plantations of the Caribbean and South America had very large numbers of primarily male slaves who interacted with relatively few whites.

This book is hardly exhaustive, nor is it advertised as such. This book impacts its audience in ways that makes them view life differently as a slave. If you pick this book up with the understanding that it is an attempt to kolchhin wider trends within American slavery and not narrative about individual lives, I think you would quite enjoy this work.

Much of what we know, or think we know, dates from the “antebellum” period of roughlywhen the planters began a reactionary movement that masked their economic interests behind racist and paternalistic apologetics for the desirability of slavery for both master and slave.

Kolchin’s attempts at comparati A good interpretive history amerjcan the subject that can be appreciated by undergraduates i. The book also traces the rise in southern protection and defense of slavery. Colonial, American Revolution, and Antebellum years. First, he explained that term and how it applied in the United States as opposed to other places and what effect that had, and then later he said again something to the effect of “North American planters had a resident mentality.

Includes a New Preface and AfterwardIn terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a singularly important achievement. Wmerican read it for research and I did learn a few things I didn’t know and discovered some better resources in the bibliography, but it was disturbing to read a book about slavery in America from a white supremacist perspective–and I am certain the author didn’t intend that. Many blacks stayed, but the increased autonomy they experienced caused them to become culturally more isolated.

American Slavery: by Peter Kolchin

Open Preview See a Problem? Still a very good book. This a top notch survey of the many aspects of American slavery. Jul 08, Joseph Stieb rated it really liked it Shelves: The disruption of life brought on by the war did cause much absenteeism and allowed many slaves to escape. Kolchin takes similar stances on other issues, often navigating between the extremes of the literature, advocating a middle position in these historiographical debates.


The typical owner knew their slave’s name and took a deep personal interest in their lives, however Kolchin emphasizes that this interest was heavily based on reduced slave imports from Africa. Because slaves were considered property, the owners saw it reasonable to provide their slaves with exceptional medical care, and some allowed their slaves to oolchin a Sunday off.

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I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the uniqueness of slavery in America. The origins of the slave trade, and the context in which it arose at a time when unfree labor was the norm for much of the world is not generally well understood, nor are the differences between slavery zlavery what would be come the USA and the rest of the world.

The final chapters of the book present useful explorations of slave resistance, mostly through passive means, and of disruption during the Civil War. Mar 11, Nick Black rated it really liked it.

I thought this was a compelling historical depiction of the horrors of slavery, of the atrocities that man has committed against his fellow man. Kolchin, so our prof said, was the first to put together the studies on American slavery which had been missing when I was a student. Kolchin’s attempts at comparative history his Unfree Labor compares Russian serfdom to American slavery seem to fall flat, but I suppose my own aversion to the stuff it’s always done in such a ham-handed way: The only scholars he really discredits are the blatantly racist pre-Civil-Rights-Movement ones.

For everyone else, it is simply impossible.

Macmillan- History – pages. The weakness of the book was americam not enough explicit facts about what happened to the slaves. No eBook available Macmillan Amazon. This will have a lasting value on individuals because slavery still exists to this present day.