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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Now updated to address a decade of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface, afterword, and revised and expanded bibliographic essay. The book covers the early stages and how slavery took shape in different peyer. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

American Slavery: by Peter Kolchin

Includes a New Preface and Afterward. A clear and briskly written survey that puts slavery in context and explains its continuing impact on American life. This book is hardly exhaustive, nor is it advertised as such. Mar 21, Elizabeth Higginbotham rated it really liked it. I found the book somewhat redundant and hard to get through, but over all it is a great overview of American petet as compared to Russian serfdom and Carribean slavery.

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. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Feb 25, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: The origins of the slave trade, ameerican the context in which it arose at a time when unfree labor was the norm for muc For a brief survey, this was an excellent lolchin. Books by Peter Kolchin.

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Slaveowners feared that abolitionists would destroy their way of life, or that a slave insurrection could undermine the structure of their society. It is, however, a very thorough overview on a crucial topic.


I have read much about the topic and found the book sweeping and not capturing man of the nuances in histories of specific population in communities. This a top notch survey of the many aspects of American slavery.

Furthermore, he contextualizes American slavery by stepping outside the United States to compare and contrast it with slavery elsewhere in the world.

Jan 20, Joshua rated it really liked it. This book gave a dry overview of how slavery evolved, the changing views of Southerns and Northerns on African American contributions to society, the effect of the American Revolution on slave holdings, through slavery’s final days. This broader contextualization — examining slavery in a global context — is particularly useful.

Feb 05, Mike Hankins rated it it was amazing Shelves: The disruption of life brought on by the war did cause much absenteeism and allowed many slaves to escape. The book overall was a well-researched window into what scholars have said about slavery in the United States.


Well balanced history that provides a ton of insight in the current African American culture that is still practiced today. Got to look into Gullah next. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

This is an excellent overview of the history–and controversies about the history–of slavery in the United States of America from until the approximate end of Reconstruction in Kopchin trivia or quizzes yet. The single best short survey in America, now updated. Kolchin’s masterful survey is by far the best I have seen. Geography is a key factor in Kolchin’s conception of American slavery.

His purpose is to have readers visualize all the struggles and hardships these individuals faced throughout their lives. In the upper South, plantations were generally smaller, whereas the deep South, americam places like Louisiana, used massive plantations with sometimes hundreds of slaves.

May 18, Joseph rated it really liked it Shelves: Oh, slavery was abolished in Brazil in There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Hill and Wang, 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. Well worth the reading. Understanding the context in which slavery grew from being unremarkable, to tolerated, to defended as a positive good slavvery key to grasping the import of the “peculiar institution” as it was not commonly known until the antebellum era on the development of America, the identity of a distinct African-American culture distinct, that is, both from Africans and American whitesand the relevance of both religion and philosophy in it sustenance for example, religion was not routinely used to justify slavery until religious arguments became paramount in the abolitionist attack.


This is a good historical look at slavery in the United States The author takes on the daunting tasks of both researching primary source evidence and piecing together the arguments of countless predecessors to get to the heart of American slavery.

Gave a good overview of the entire period of history. I was able to read this book pretty quickly, not only because I am greatly interested in the zmerican, but because it was a pretty easy read, even though academic in nature. I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the uniqueness of slavery in America.

Didn’t like the privileging of text sources and the focus on Southern Antebellum slavery. I hate bestowing any book with only a star, but this one was very problematic. I can understand why it would be assigned in an undergraduate history course; it’s a good jumping-off place more than anything else.