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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Since Kolchin is acting as a sort of moderator rather than a player with a position to support, this book probably isn’t quite as interesting as some of the works he talks about, but I can appreciate a book that doesn’t feel like it’s trying to convince me of anything.

At its beginning, slavery was a system not unlike others in the Caribbean or South America based on the importation of black slaves from Africa.

American Slavery, by Peter Kolchin is a comprehensive history of slavery and importantly addresses the way the nation supportive an infrastructure for exploiting people. That happened a few times. Petfr 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.

Depressing as hell, of course. By ameicanAmerican slavery was concentrated mostly in the South, though it existed in all of the American colonies, and, as time passed, relationships between slaves and masters changed as second- generation slaves amrican much of their African culture and became Americanized. Published September 1st by Hill and Wang first published I read it for a US History course.

The greatest strength of American Slavery was that Kolchin provided well detailed experiences from slaves. It remains the best book to introduce a subject of profound and lasting importance, one that lies at the center of American history.


He compares many aspects of slavery to slavery in the Carribbean, South America, and serfdom in Russia. Apr 04, Haley rated it it was amazing. Second, it delves into the major historiographical debates on slavery in concise and clear ways, which is great for comps.


Jul 08, Joseph Stieb rated it really liked it Shelves: Selected pages Title Page. The first is alluded to above, in that kolfhin sought to strike a balance between bringing new facts and interpretations to light via primary evidence while maintaining a great deal of historiographical information in his works.

Although the book focuses primarily on slavery itself, Kolchin does a wonderful job of presenting a complete picture of that society. See all 27 reviews. Such a survey naturally does not have a single argument or thesis, but Kolchin does continually return to the theme that slavery 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.

American Slavery: 1619-1877

Its brevity and comprehensiveness make it a book which will serve as a guide for further reading. The book is written based on actual facts that happened to African Americans.

Excerpts from a slave’s personal account, a old newspaper article, a religious sermon, etc. See and discover other items: Kolchin presents a complex picture of slavery as it evolves and changes over time.

AMERICAN SLAVERY by Peter Kolchin | Kirkus Reviews

In other places, slaves often died and had to be replaced with new slaves from Africa, but in America, slaves reproduced, creating new generations of American born slaves that developed a new African-American culture that blended elements of their African heritage with American elements.

Slavery is something no individual should have to face at any time of their life. Hill and Wang, Similarly, slavery was not in the process of dying out in the antebellum period, but was in fact growing.


He includes details about yeoman farmers and non-slaveholding southern whites, many of which had a stake in the system of slavery even aemrican they did not own slaves themselves. Kolchin reveals that, while the plantation slavery of what was to become the South developed distinctively and primarily to cultivate tobacco and cottonit had much in common with amercian plantation slavery of the Caribbean where sugar was the primary crop.

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To condense a topic as voluminous as slavery into pages is a Herculean task kolhcin any historian and some avenues are left unexplored or underexplored. If you’re looking for a good overview of American slavery, this is the book to go to. One of the book’s largest strengths is Kolchin’s navigation of the massive historiography. I highly recommend it for any scholar for two reasons. Understanding the context in which slavery grew from being unremarkable, to tolerated, to defended as a positive good is key to grasping the import of the “peculiar institution” as it was not amedican known until the antebellum era on the development of America, the identity of a distinct African-American culture distinct, that is, both from Africans and American whitesand the relevance of both religion and philosophy in it sustenance for example, religion was not routinely used to justify slavery until religious arguments became paramount in the abolitionist attack.