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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Kolchin breaks down the differences between the different eras of slavery: The American Revolution brought a number of changes in the system elavery slavery. Really interesting and informative read on the history of slavery in the US. Depressing as hell, of course.

American Slavery, 1619-1877

The author mentions the growth of slavery, not just by quoting kochin, but by providing real conditions the slaves were put through, through the experiences and difficult times the slaves had to encounter.

To see what your friends americzn of this book, please sign up. Jan 07, Melissa added it Shelves: The final chapters of the book present useful explorations of slave resistance, mostly through passive means, and of disruption during the Civil War. He compares many aspects of slavery to slavery in the Carribbean, South America, and serfdom in Russia.

Ameerican to Read saving…. 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 did like the comparative view, since there were many stages of unfreedom around the globe.


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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.

He continually includes asides that discuss historiographical trends and debates that have occurred in the field, pointing to key historians and works for the various positions before adding his own voice.

There was a problem adding your email address. 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.

AMERICAN SLAVERY by Peter Kolchin | Kirkus Reviews

Kolchin carefully dissects the term “paternalism”, seeking to separate confusion the concept has created. Kolchin sets out aerican make a balanced survey which weighs all the different arguments that scholars have advanced about various aspects of slavery. Please provide an email address. Still a very good book.

Nice, quick introduction to Southern Slavery. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Alavery 17, Sophi Link rated it liked it. American slavery, Kolchin explains, didn’t develop in isolation but evolved as part of a trend toward forced labor in the New World colonies, especially in the Caribbean and Brazil.

Kolchin concludes that although that research was incredibly valuable, it sometimes went too far in ascribing so much agency to slaves, whose lives were dictated to them. Jul 07, Debbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Peter Kolchin paints with broad strokes as he gives a general history of slavery, focusing on common trends and changes, but where the book is most brilliant is Kolchin’s focus on sharing different theories and views from historians.


A great introduction to the history of slavery in the United States from when the first slaves were sold at Jamestown to the end of Reconstruction in The same year the Football Association was founded.

Macmillan- History – pages. Gives a broad outline of the history of slavery not only in Antebellum period, but also in earlier colonial period, which is not something I have heard too much about.

I can understand why it would be assigned in an undergraduate history course; it’s a good jumping-off place more than anything else. Apr 04, Haley rated it it was amazing. If you know nothing about slavery, you will learn much from this book.

You learn as much about how the study of historical slavery has changed, as much as you do about the history of slavery itself.