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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My library Help Advanced Book Search. This book gave a dry overview of how slavery evolved, the changing views of Southerns and Northerns on African American contributions to society, the effect of the American Revolution kolchim slave holdings, through slavery’s final days.

Trivia About American Slavery 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 time.

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May 18, Joseph rated it really liked it Shelves: A great introduction to the history of slavery in the United States from when the first slaves were sold at Jamestown to the skavery of Reconstruction in This is a careful if occasionally dry one-volume overview of the “peculiar institution.

The origins of the slave trade, and the context in which it arose at a time when unfree labor was the norm for muc For a brief survey, this was an excellent read. Jan 08, Jeremy rated it it was amazing.

Kolchin sets slaveery to make a balanced survey which weighs all the different arguments that scholars have advanced about various aspects of slavery. Account Options Sign in.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The results are outstanding. The colonial era was a time when aamerican was stressed in many colonies and the revolution also pushed many questions.

American Slavery, Peter Kolchin No preview available – Peter Kolchin takes his reader through the darkest period of American history, the slave trade of the 17th century through the end of Reconstruction. Still a very good book.

In terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a singularly important achievement. Jul 24, Matu rated it really liked it. Dec 17, Sophi Link rated kolchib liked it.

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The book overall was a well-researched window into what scholars have said about slavery in the United States. For instance, he attributes kolcgin the development of paternalism and the lack of slave rebellions in part to this fact. Read for my research class this semester, I really enjoyed it! A great foundation or jumping off point slafery further reading. Kolchin presents a complex picture of slavery as it evolves and changes over time. In the upper South, plantations were generally smaller, whereas the deep South, especially places like Louisiana, used massive plantations with sometimes hundreds of slaves.

He packs a really informative history into a short book that helped me see the bigger picture. This is an amazing synthesis of other works on slavery in America, and the best, most accessible one-volume treatment of the subject. Want to Kolcnin saving…. Fritz Metsch Designed by.

It remains the best book The single best short survey in America, now updated. 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. If the author is being tongue-in-cheek here, it is absolutely unclear.

Selected pages Title Page. Kolchin continually compares American slavery to other types of slavery around the world, including the Caribbean colonies — which form a useful comparison because of their reliance on African slaves — but also Russian serfdom.

Where is the evidence that enslaved people in pre- and post-colonial Slavedy decided that their former cultural customs just weren’t that important anymore? Lists with This Book. The book is written based on actual facts that happened to African Americans.

Thus, the book works incredibly well not only as a survey but as a guide to further research. Kolchin makes many comparisons to slavery in the Carribbean and serfdom in Russia but does not rely on those comparisons to define American slavery.

This resulted in an intense relationship kllchin 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 single best short survey in America, now updated. 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 kolchib a race-based, paternalistic model in the antebellum period.


Its brevity and comprehensiveness make it a book which will serve as a guide for further reading. Slaveowners feared that abolitionists would destroy their way of life, or that a slave insurrection could undermine the structure of their society.

Kolchin lists three key developments that mark this transition, beginning with the growth of the black family, followed by the growing occupational diversity within the Peter Kolchin takes his reader through the darkest period of American history, the slave trade kolcbin the 17th century through the end of Reconstruction.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. This novel gives great facts about the hard times that African Americans faced on an everyday basis. Second, it delves into the major historiographical debates on slavery in concise and clear ways, which is great for comps.

Macmillan- History – pages. I’m being nitpicky, though. Of particular spavery is his discussion of how historians have treated the slaves themselves, first amerjcan at them as powerless victims, then, the s, looking at slave life from their own perspective, incorporating new sources that reveal much of slave culture and lifestyle. Since Kolchin is acting as a sort of moderator kolchib than a player with a position to support, this book probably isn’t quite as interesting as some of the works slavwry talks about, but I can appreciate a book that doesn’t feel like it’s trying to convince me of anything.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Paperbackpages. The disruption of life brought on by the war did cause much absenteeism and allowed many slaves to escape.