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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AMERICAN SLAVERY by Peter Kolchin | Kirkus Reviews
Preview — American Slavery by Peter Kolchin. This is an overview of American slavery from its beginnings through its abolishment with the 13th amendment. Sep ameican, Sean Sullivan rated it liked it Shelves: Most interesting historiographically; the conversation about slavery and reconstruction is starting to change and this book marks shifting ideas, particularly in regards to slave autonomy and community.
Includes a New Preface s,avery AfterwardIn terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a singularly important achievement. Account Options Sign in. Kolchin writes about slave amfrican through the Civil War, and, not surprisingly, he sees slavery as leaving a legacy that has persisted throughout our own century.
Because slaves were considered property, the owners saw it reasonable to provide their slaves with exceptional medical care, and some allowed their slaves to have a Sunday off.
There is also a chapter that discusses slavery from the white southerners perspective during those years after the Civil War. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This is an excellent overview of the history–and controversies about the history–of slavery in the United States of America from until the approximate end of Reconstruction in I comprehensive overview of slavery life using new research from the last few decades.
The antebellum period is the book’s main focus, examining slavery from a number of angles. For instance, he attributes both the development of paternalism and the lack of slave rebellions in part to this fact. Books by Peter Kolchin.
American Slavery: 1619-1877
I read the book because I took a class in a life long learning institute. Such a survey naturally does not have a single argument or thesis, but Kolchin does continually return to the theme that kolchim in America was not a static institution but was constantly changing, from a system of indentured servitude in the early colonial era to a race-based, paternalistic model in the antebellum period.
Kolchin’s attempts at comparati A good interpretive history of the subject that can be appreciated by undergraduates i. This book is well written. This resulted in an intense relationship between slaves and slave owners and a rather distinctive slave society that was economically dependent on slavery, even though only a small number of whites directly benefited from the arrangement.
The weakness of the book was mainly not enough explicit facts about what happened to the slaves. No trivia or quizzes yet.
He tends to repeat certain facts and statements several times. Selected pages Title Page. I’ve been reading Matt’s old school books for pleasure.
Kolchin notes that most Americqn slaves at first did not arrive in America, but usually found themselves in other Caribbean colonies. Kolchin begins the work with a study of the colonial period, focusing on how indentured servitude of Europeans was the norm until aroundwhen the amount of labor required far exceeded the amount of servants that Europe could provide.
And he does incorporate enough specific examples to make for pretty easy reading.
American Slavery, 1619-1877
Kolchin presents a complex picture of slavery as it evolves and changes over time. Its brevity and comprehensiveness make it a book which will serve as a guide for further reading.
I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the uniqueness of slavery in America. The single best short survey in America, now updated. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.
Neither the climate or the slaavery was that which decimated those taken elsewhere.
If savery know nothing about slavery, you will learn much from this book. Kolchin lists three key developments that mark this transition, beginning with the growth of the black family, followed ameridan the growing occupational diversity within the Peter Kolchin takes his reader through the darkest period of American history, the slave trade of the 17th century through the end of Reconstruction.
Excerpts from a slave’s personal account, a old newspaper article, a religious sermon, etc. I hate bestowing any book with only a star, but this one was very problematic. Kolchin cut his teeth on serfdom in Russia and knows a thing or two about writing about involuntary servitude.
Kolchin carefully dissects the term “paternalism”, seeking to separate confusion the concept has created. I read it for research and I did learn a few things I didn’t know amreican 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.