The Routledge History of Slavery (Routledge Histories)
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The Routledge History of Slavery is a landmark publication that provides an overview of the main themes surrounding the history of slavery from ancient Greece to the present day. Taking stock of the field of Slave Studies, the book explores the major advances that have taken place in the past few decades of study in this crucial field.
Offering an unusual, transnational history of slavery, the chapters have all been specially commissioned for the collection. The volume begins by delineating the global nature of the institution of slavery, examining slavery in different parts of the world and over time. Topics covered here include slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World, as well as the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In Part Two, the chapters explore different themes that define slavery such as slave culture, the slave economy, slave resistance and the planter class, as well as areas of life affected by slavery, such as family and work. The final part goes on to study changes and continuities over time, looking at areas such as abolition, the aftermath of emancipation and commemoration. The volume concludes with a chapter on modern slavery.
Including essays on all the key topics and issues, this important collection from a leading international group of scholars presents a comprehensive survey of the current state of the field. It will be essential reading for all those interested in the history of slavery.
(1975), 561–63. 4 We refer here to works such as Elkins (1959) and to the controversy over the Daniel Moynihan report on the black family (US Department of Labor, 1965). 5 Tannenbaum (1946); for the continuing utility of the Tannenbaum thesis, see de la Fuente (2004). Bibliography Berlin, Ira, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998). Brereton, Bridget, “Family Strategies, Gender and the Shift to Wage
standards of the time), connections between planters and black and coloured women occurred even at the most elevated social levels (Woodward, 1993; Gordon-Reed, 2009). Interracial liaisons were almost always between white men and black or brown women. A feature of planter society, especially in mature slave societies, was how determined planters were to restrict the opportunities white wives and daughters had for social fraternisation, especially with black men. White women were usually as
have been a capital crime (Lockley, 2000: 230–53; Sommerville, 1995: 481–518). Inter-racial sexual relationships most often occurred in the poorer parts of town, where black and white lived in close residential proximity. Cheap rents and poor-quality housing inevitably attracted those with least to spend, regardless of skin colour. The shops and other businesses in these neighbourhoods usually attracted a racially diverse clientele. In addition, most towns throughout the Americas had bars and
discrimination: above all, they were part of the so-called “master race”, something that could never be taken away from them, however miserable their own individual circumstances were. When a South Carolina judge stated “a slave cannot be a white man”, he was articulating a truth held dear by many impoverished whites (cited in Williamson, 1995: 18). The psychological security that skin colour offered meant that poorer whites could trade with slaves, sleep with slaves, and even plot with slaves,
idea of the “Godly Society” that they wished to establish. The guide that they adopted for that society, the Old Testament, provided them with every justification that they might have needed for the introduction of bondage into that society. In 1641, in one of the earliest acknowledgements that slavery might exist in English America, the Puritans set out the circumstances under which an individual might be enslaved, circumstances that would have been entirely familiar to their contemporaries,