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Title:
Slave life on the plantation : prisons beneath the sun
Author:
Worth, Richard.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
A slave's life -- Slavery in the 1600s -- Plantation life in 1700s -- King Cotton -- Relationships between owners and slaves -- African-American culture on the plantation -- Freedom -- Timeline.
ISBN:
9780766021525
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Plantation life had left African Americans with little knowledge of what to expect when freedom actually came. The brutal plantation system had prevented slaves from learning to read and write, owning property, or living independent lives. Plantation life, which lasted for more than two centuries, is explored in this new book by award-winning author Richard Worth.


Author Notes

Richard Worth is a writer and dramatist, who runs Worth Communications


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Tim McNeese's The Rise and Fall of American Slavery0 . Gr. 6-12. Drawing on personal slave narratives as well as the commentary and analysis of eminent scholars, these titles in the Slavery in American History series bring immediacy and depth to crucial events and assess their lasting impact on America's economy, politics, and culture. McNeese's volume provides the big picture, from the slave trade and colonial history through the Civil War and the struggle for abolition and emancipation. Worth frames his account within the sweep of history, but his focus is on daily life--the work, the hardship (especially the breakup of family life), punishment, and resistance--and he discusses the relationship between owners and slaves, the importance of cotton, and African American culture. Both titles include several stirring page-long slave narratives as well as black-and-white drawings and photos. The documentation is exemplary, with clear chapter notes along with bibliographies and Web sites that will help students to find out more. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-This book outlines the history of slavery in the U.S. from the 1600s through Reconstruction with a focus on a slave's life "under the plantation system." Throughout, the author emphasizes the cruelty and harshness of the institution and the constant fear of separation that families faced. One chapter examines the relationship between owners and slaves and another explores African-American culture on the plantation. The final section covers the period from the beginning of the Civil War through the mid-1860s when the freedmen "began to walk the long road toward achieving equality with white Americans in education, employment, and standards of living." The text draws heavily upon the reminiscences of former slaves and quotes from prominent historians. Full-page, large-print quotes appear under the banner "Source Document." The book is illustrated with average-quality, archival black-and-white photographs and reproductions. Maps note the number of individuals in slavery in each state from 1790 to 1860. Covering this topic in seven chapters is a colossal task; this book will serve only as a basic introduction to the subject.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Series Advisor Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Forewordp. 4
1 A Slave's Lifep. 7
2 Slavery in the 1600sp. 13
3 Plantation Life in the 1700sp. 26
4 King Cottonp. 43
5 Relationships Between Owners and Slavesp. 60
6 African-American Culture on the Plantationp. 84
7 Freedomp. 96
Timelinep. 111
Chapter Notesp. 113
Glossaryp. 122
Further Readingp. 123
Internet Addressesp. 124
Historic Sitesp. 125
Indexp. 126