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Author Morgan, Philip D., 1949-

Title Slave counterpoint : Black culture in the eighteenth-century Chesapeake and Lowcountry / Phillip D. Morgan.

Imprint Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, 1998.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  975.5180049 M823s 1998    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xxiv, 703 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Contents Prelude: Two infant slave societies -- PART I: CONTOURS OF THE PLANTATION EXPERIENCE: Two plantation worlds -- Material life -- Fieldwork -- Skilled work -- PART II: ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN WHITES AND BLACKS: Patriarchs, plain folks, and slaves -- Economic exchanges between Whites and Blacks -- Social transactions between Whites and Blacks -- PART III: THE BLACK WORLD: African American societies -- Family life -- African American cultures -- Coda: Two mature slave societies.
Summary "On the eve of the American Revolution, nearly three-quarters of all African Americans in mainland British America lived in two regions: the Chesapeake, centered in Virginia, and the Lowcountry, with its hub in South Carolina. Here, Philip Morgan compares and contrasts African American life in these two regional Black cultures, exploring the differences as well as the similarities. The result is a detailed and comprehensive view of slave life in the colonial American South. Morgan explores the role of land and labor in shaping culture, the everyday contacts of masters and slaves that defined the possibilities and limitations of cultural exchange, and finally the interior life of Blacks--their social relations, their family and kin ties, and the major symbolic dimensions of life: language, play, and religion. He provides a balanced appreciation for the oppressiveness of bondage and for the ability of slaves to shape their lives, showing that, whatever the constraints, slaves contributed to the making of their history. Victims of a brutal, dehumanizing system, slaves nonetheless strove to create order to their lives, to preserve their humanity, to achieve dignity, and to sustain dreams of a better future."--The publisher.
Awards American Historical Association Albert A. Beveridge Award, 1998.
American Historical Association Wesley-Logan Prize in African Diaspora History, 1998.
Bancroft Prize, 1999.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Slaves -- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- History -- 18th century.
Slaves -- South Carolina -- History -- 18th century.
Slaves -- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- Social life and customs.
Slaves -- South Carolina -- Social life and customs.
Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- Race relations.
South Carolina -- Race relations.
African Americans -- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- History -- 18th century.
African Americans -- South Carolina -- History -- 18th century.
Plantation life -- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- History -- 18th century.
Plantation life -- South Carolina -- History -- 18th century.
African Americans. (OCoLC)fst00799558
Plantation life. (OCoLC)fst01065779
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Slaves. (OCoLC)fst01120522
Slaves -- Social life and customs. (OCoLC)fst01120581
South Carolina. (OCoLC)fst01204600
United States -- Chesapeake Bay Region. (OCoLC)fst01310475
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.
ISBN 0807824097 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780807824092 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0807847178 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780807847176 (pbk. ; alk. paper)

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