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Not to excuse it, but to help us better understand. I highly recommend it for any scholar for two reasons. Slavery stands as one of the most debated issues in American history. 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.

There are many compromises in the Constitution, but slavery become embedded in the south with the cotton gin and the fact that the enslaved African reproduced and that meant as tobacco or some crop was going under, the owner could then just sell the enslaved people. American Slavery, Peter Kolchin No preview available – Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Now updated to address a decade of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface, afterword, and revised and expanded bibliographic essay. Includes a New Preface and Afterward. Great for undergraduates and book reports. 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.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. This should be the basis for high school study of the subject. Open Preview See a Problem? By aboutAmerican 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 lost much of their African culture and became Americanized.


Kolchin presents a complex picture of slavery as it evolves and changes over time. Jan 08, Jeremy rated it it was amazing.

American Slavery

I’ve been reading Matt’s old school books for pleasure. Be the first to discover new talent! Jul 07, Debbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. The book American Slavery starts with skavery cause of slavery in the sixteen hundreds. Mar 21, Elizabeth Higginbotham rated it really liked it. Includes a New Preface and AfterwardIn terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a amerrican important achievement.

A concise, well-written, and sensibly argued survey of America’s greatest shame.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kolchin takes care to destroy many misconceptions about slavery. The monograph investigates slavery from the colonial period until Reconstruction, allowing the author explore how slavery evolved over time. Well balanced history that provides a ton of insight in the current African American culture that is still practiced today.

This is a good historical look at slavery in the United States Sep 29, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The American Slavery, by Peter Kolchin is a comprehensive history of slavery and importantly addresses the way the nation supportive an infrastructure for exploiting slaavery. Kolchin takes similar stances on other issues, often navigating between the extremes of the literature, advocating a middle position in these historiographical debates. His analysis of the topic is measured and insightful, in some cases supporting more common pwter and in others refuting them.

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 on slave holdings, through slavery’s final days. And he does petwr enough specific examples to make for pretty easy reading.


Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The single best short survey in America, now updated. This book impacts its audience in ways that makes them view life differently as a slave. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

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kklchin Kolchin’s style was not particularly gripping but it was well-written and the book short enough and concise enough to keep my interest throughout. The same year the Football Association was founded. Kolchin does a great job of showing the changes and defining practices of slavery.

The book covers the early stages and how slavery took shape in different regions. Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. That’s the salvery way I’ve ever seen that word used.

For a brief survey, this was an excellent read. Kolchin sets out to make a balanced survey which weighs all the different arguments that sllavery have advanced about various aspects of slavery. He packs a really informative history into a short book that helped me see the bigger picture. Includes a New Preface and Afterward In terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a singularly important achievement.