Many thousands gone : the first two centuries of slavery in North America / Ira Berlin.
By: Berlin, Ira.Material type: TextPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998Description: x, 497 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0674810929 (hardcover); 9780674810921 (hardcover); 0674002113 (pbk.); 9780674002111 (pbk.).Subject(s): Slavery -- United States -- History -- 17th century | Slavery -- United States -- History -- 18th century | African Americans -- Social conditions -- 17th century | African Americans -- Social conditions -- 18th centuryDDC classification: 306.3/62/097309032 Other classification: 15.85 | HD 219 | HD 475 | MS 1660 | NW 8295
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-485) and index.
Emergence of Atlantic Creoles in the Chesapeake -- Expansion of Creole society in the North -- Divergent paths in the lowcountry -- Devolution in the lower Mississippi Valley -- Tobacco revolution in the Chesapeake -- Rice revolution in the lowcountry -- Growth and the transformation of black life in the North --Stagnation and transformation in the lower Mississippi Valley -- Slow death of slavery in the North -- Union of African-American society in the upper South -- Fragmentation in the lower South -- Slavery and freedom in the lower Mississippi Valley.
This volume sketches the complex evolution of slavery and black society from the first arrivals in the early 1600s through the American Revolution. Today most Americans, black and white, identify slavery with cotton, the deep South, and the African-American church. But at the beginning of the nineteenth century, after almost two hundred years of African-American life in mainland North America, few slaves grew cotton, lived in the deep South, or embraced Christianity. The author demonstrates that earlier North American slavery had many different forms and meanings that varied over time and from place to place. He shows that slavery and race did not have a fixed character that endured for centuries but were constantly being constructed or reconstructed in response to changing historical circumstances. This work illustrates that complex nature of American slavery, the falsity of many of our stereotypes, and the unique world wrought by the slaves themselves.