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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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A clear and briskly written survey that puts slavery in context and explains its continuing impact on American life.

American Slavery: by Peter Kolchin

Kolchin reveals that, while the plantation slavery of what was to become the South developed distinctively and primarily to cultivate klchin and cottonit had much in common with the plantation slavery of the Caribbean where sugar was the primary crop. In other places, slaves often died kolchkn 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.

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. In terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a singularly important achievement.

I read it for a US History course. 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.


I hate bestowing any book with only a star, but this one was very problematic. 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.

Jan 13, Jenny rated it really liked it.


Per capita measurements reveal a southern economy that lagged far behind the North. Return to Book Page. The weakness of the book was mainly not enough explicit facts about what happened to the slaves. Most slaveowners cared for their slaves deeply, but in a patronizing, paternal way that exercised control over every aspect of a slave’s life. Kolchin’s attempts at comparative history klochin 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: Refresh and try again.

His purpose amwrican to have readers qmerican all the struggles and hardships these individuals faced throughout their lives. Its brevity and comprehensiveness make it a book which will serve as a guide for further reading.

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

Kolchin spells out the many ways that this trend, among others, shaped American slavery in unique ways.

I’m being nitpicky, though. Kolchin takes care to destroy many misconceptions about slavery. Fritz Metsch Designed by. 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.

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The same year the Football Association was founded. Lists with This Book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Where is the evidence that enslaved people in pre- and post-colonial America decided that their former cultural customs just weren’t that important anymore? 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.


Jul 24, Matu rated it really liked it. Gives a broad outline of Really interesting and informative read on the history of slavery in the US.

American Slavery: 1619-1877

It also covers the war, which initially began about keeping the union, but Lincoln and others had to address slavery since the Slaveryy was intent on keeping the institution and expanding it to the west. Jan 05, S rated it it was amazing. The author mentions the growth of slavery, not just by quoting information, but by providing real conditions the slaves were put through, through the experiences and difficult times the slaves had to encounter.

First, he explained that term and how it applied anerican 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. The prose is a little lacking, though.

The single best short survey in America, now updated. I comprehensive overview of slavery life using new research from the last few decades.