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Title:
Slavery
Author:
Streissguth, Thomas, 1958-
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
223 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780737706338

9780737706321
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Book

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Summary

Seventeen primary documents reflect various aspects of slavery, especially concerning the slave trade, foreign perspectives on America's peculiar institution, the slave's experience, slave resistance, and abolitionism. Offering the perspectives of Southern gentlemen, foreign visitors (including soldiers and revolutionaries), abolitionists, and especially the slaves themselves, particular chapters discuss slave auctions, plantation life, the status of women, punishment, religion, rebellion, escape, the economic role of slavery, the comparison to wage-slavery in the north, and abolitionist strategies. A chronology and an introductory essay are provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Summary

Seventeen primary documents reflect various aspects of slavery, especially concerning the slave trade, foreign perspectives on America's peculiar institution, the slave's experience, slave resistance, and abolitionism. Offering the perspectives of Southern gentlemen, foreign visitors (including soldiers and revolutionaries), abolitionists, and especially the slaves themselves, particular chapters discuss slave auctions, plantation life, the status of women, punishment, religion, rebellion, escape, the economic role of slavery, the comparison to wage-slavery in the north, and abolitionist strategies. A chronology and an introductory essay are provided. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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Booklist Review

Gr. 10-12. This entry in the History Firsthand series collects searing accounts of slavery, excerpted from primary source materials, that show this institution from many perspectives. Grouped into sections that focus on the slave trade, foreign views, daily life in slavery, rebellion and escape, and the abolition debate, the selections are shocking and undiluted. They describe the middle passage, slave auctions, marrying and having children while enslaved, torture, systematic rape, and murder. The range of voices includes familiar names, such as Nat Turner and Frederick Douglass, as well as many people--slaves, slave owners, abolitionists, and champions of slavery--who students will encounter for the first time. A general introduction, prefaces for each selection, and a concluding chronology provide context. Students won't easily forget this well-selected material, which offers unflinching views of slavery's complexity, horror, shame, and power. --Gillian Engberg


Booklist Review

Gr. 10-12. This entry in the History Firsthand series collects searing accounts of slavery, excerpted from primary source materials, that show this institution from many perspectives. Grouped into sections that focus on the slave trade, foreign views, daily life in slavery, rebellion and escape, and the abolition debate, the selections are shocking and undiluted. They describe the middle passage, slave auctions, marrying and having children while enslaved, torture, systematic rape, and murder. The range of voices includes familiar names, such as Nat Turner and Frederick Douglass, as well as many people--slaves, slave owners, abolitionists, and champions of slavery--who students will encounter for the first time. A general introduction, prefaces for each selection, and a concluding chronology provide context. Students won't easily forget this well-selected material, which offers unflinching views of slavery's complexity, horror, shame, and power. --Gillian Engberg


Table of Contents

Joseph HawkinsOlaudah EquianoWilliam ChambersThomas AnbureyHector St. John de CrevecoeurJ.P. Brissot de WarvilleHenry BibbHarriet JacobsWilliam G. EliotCharles BallJames L. SmithNat TurnerFrederick DouglassDavid ChristyGeorge FitzhughWilliam Lloyd GarrisonHinton HelperJoseph HawkinsOlaudah EquianoWilliam ChambersThomas AnbureyHector St. John de CrevecoeurJ.P. Brissot de WarvilleHenry BibbHarriet JacobsWilliam G. EliotCharles BallJames L. SmithNat TurnerFrederick DouglassDavid ChristyGeorge FitzhughWilliam Lloyd GarrisonHinton Helper
Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 The Slave Trade
Chapter Prefacep. 27
1. A Voyage to West Africap. 29
2. The Middle Passagep. 38
3. A Day at the Slave Auctionsp. 47
Chapter 2 Foreign Perspectives
Chapter Prefacep. 62
1. A Redcoat's View of Plantation Lifep. 64
2. An Inhuman Institutionp. 67
3. Revolutionary Opinionsp. 80
Chapter 3 A Life in Bondage
Chapter Prefacep. 93
1. The Uncertainties of Courtship and Marriagep. 94
2. The Cruel Fate of Womenp. 105
3. The Sale of a Slavep. 116
4. Punishmentp. 124
Chapter 4 Definance, Rebellion, and Escape
Chapter Prefacep. 136
1. Finding Strength in Religionp. 138
2. Nat Turner's Confessionp. 147
3. An Escape Betrayedp. 161
Chapter 5 The Abolition Debate
Chapter Prefacep. 181
1. Slavery Brings Economic Prosperityp. 183
2. Northern Slaveryp. 193
3. Proclaiming the Abolitionist Creedp. 199
4. Destroying Slavery with the Ballotp. 208
Chronologyp. 215
For Further Researchp. 217
Indexp. 219
Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 The Slave Trade
Chapter Prefacep. 27
1. A Voyage to West Africap. 29
2. The Middle Passagep. 38
3. A Day at the Slave Auctionsp. 47
Chapter 2 Foreign Perspectives
Chapter Prefacep. 62
1. A Redcoat's View of Plantation Lifep. 64
2. An Inhuman Institutionp. 67
3. Revolutionary Opinionsp. 80
Chapter 3 A Life in Bondage
Chapter Prefacep. 93
1. The Uncertainties of Courtship and Marriagep. 94
2. The Cruel Fate of Womenp. 105
3. The Sale of a Slavep. 116
4. Punishmentp. 124
Chapter 4 Definance, Rebellion, and Escape
Chapter Prefacep. 136
1. Finding Strength in Religionp. 138
2. Nat Turner's Confessionp. 147
3. An Escape Betrayedp. 161
Chapter 5 The Abolition Debate
Chapter Prefacep. 181
1. Slavery Brings Economic Prosperityp. 183
2. Northern Slaveryp. 193
3. Proclaiming the Abolitionist Creedp. 199
4. Destroying Slavery with the Ballotp. 208
Chronologyp. 215
For Further Researchp. 217
Indexp. 219