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Author Williams, Heather Andrea, author.

Title American slavery : a very short introduction / Heather Andrea Williams.

Publication Info. Oxford : New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 FSCC Non-Fiction  306.3 W6703a 2014    ---  Available
Description 140 pages ; 18 cm.
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Very short introductions ; 396
Very short introductions ; 396.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The Atlantic slave trade -- Putting slavery into place -- The work of slavery -- Struggles for control -- Surviving slavery -- Taking slavery apart -- Epilogue.
Summary "This short introduction to American slavery begins with the Portuguese capture of Africans in the 1400s and, drawing upon the scholarship of numerous historians as well as the analysis of primary documents, explores the development of slavery in the American colonies and later, the United States of America. It analyzes early legislation in Virginia that differentiated Indians and Africans from Europeans and began the process of stratifying society based on racial categories. Unlike some recent scholarship, it is attentive to the actual labor that enslaved people performed, reminding us that more than anything else, slavery was a system of forced labor that produced wealth for a new nation. And, it considers the tensions that arose between enslaved and enslavers as they interacted with one another, exerting control and undermining efforts at domination. Throughout, it explores slavery within the context of moral contradiction that included the development of an ideology that valorized freedom alongside a practice and justification of slavery that deemed inferior and denied freedom to a large swath of the population. The book explores conflicts between abolitionists who worked to eliminate slavery and pro-slavery advocates who worked doggedly to sustain the power and wealth they derived from the institution. It ends with the abolition of slavery in America following the Civil War"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Slavery -- United States -- History.
HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775).
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800).
Slavery. (OCoLC)fst01120426
Sklaverei. (DE-588)4055260-3.
Sklavenhandel. (DE-588)4198287-3.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
USA. (DE-588)4078704-7.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780199922680 (pbk.)
0199922683 (pbk.)

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