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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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First, it is an excellent synthesis of research in the 60’s to 80’s on slavery.

Peter Kolchin

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. Now updated to address a decade of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface, afterword, and revised and expanded bibliographic essay.

Kolchin traces zmerican racism became an ingrained component of slavery over time, but also how the relationship between slaves and masters was based on paternalism.

Does a good job outlining how American slavery was unique in the context of the different slavery states in the world at the time, including Russian serfdom and Caribbean colonial slavery. I highly recommend it for any scholar for americn reasons.

Colonial, American Revolution, and Antebellum years. For the purpose of this book, Kolchin divides the slavery evolution process into two periods; the colonial slave trade throughand the antebellum period beginning around These decisions then shape the society, but the economy, life style and ideology.

I read it for a US History course.

American Slavery: by Peter Kolchin

But as a broad overview of the controversies, understandings and knowledge gaps of contemporary historical analysis of American slavery, it’s a great place to start. This is an amazing synthesis of other works on slavery in America, and the best, most accessible one-volume treatment of the subject. By design, it relies almost exclusively on secondary sources, but klochin is not a weakness. I’m being nitpicky, though.


Neither the climate or the work was that which decimated those taken elsewhere. 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?

Apr 04, Haley rated it klchin was amazing. Similarly, slavery was not in the process of dying out in the antebellum period, but was in fact growing. Oh, slavery was abolished in Brazil in That would greatly enhance the book, especially for folks not used to reading historical overviews like this. Very well written and a good introduction to the subject of American slavery.

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 slave body and the beginning of blacks becoming assimilated into Protestant Christianity.

He does focus on the differences between North and South, especially how the emphasis of agriculture in the South lends itself to a larger reliance on slavery.

That’s the creepiest way I’ve ever seen that word used. Some of the statistics he has compiled and the bibliography alone make this worth picking up. 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 slwvery would quite enjoy this work.


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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. Includes a New Preface and AfterwardIn terms kolcnin accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a singularly important achievement.

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. Kolchin emphasizes that not only were southern whites dismayed by reconstruction, but slavety reformers in the North were disappointed that the South was not more completely transformed.

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. If you know nothing about slavery, you will kolchn much from this book. Geography is a key factor in Kolchin’s conception of American slavery.

American Slavery, 1619-1877

Clearly written, well thought out, kolchn book is particularly notable for its superbly annotated bibliography. Sep 12, Teri rated it really liked it Shelves: It definitely misses a lot of the subtleties and details, but that is to be expected with such a broad topic.

This a top notch survey of the many aspects of American slavery. The results are outstanding. Where this is a somewhat small book under pagesit provides a very clear understanding of the different topics that were affected by slavery without digging too deep.