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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The book is not an attempt to provide new original research, but klchin sum up the existing literature, and in that goal it succeeds brilliantly. 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 I read it for a US History course.

AMERICAN SLAVERY by Peter Kolchin | Kirkus Reviews

Some of the statist If you pick this book up with the understanding that it is an attempt to identify wider trends within American slavery and not narrative about individual lives, I think you would quite enjoy this work.

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. It is, however, a very thorough overview on a kolchjn topic. Similarly, slavery was not in the process of dying out in the antebellum period, but was in fact growing. That would greatly enhance the book, especially for folks not used to reading historical overviews like this.

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American Slavery, 1619-1877

Kolchin writes about slave life through the Kokchin War, and, not surprisingly, he sees slavery as leaving a legacy that has persisted throughout our own century. For everyone else, it is simply impossible. The book American Slavery starts with the cause of slavery in the sixteen hundreds. Jul 24, Matu rated it really liked it. Kolchin spells wmerican the many ways that this trend, among others, shaped American slavery in unique ways.


Jan 08, Jeremy rated it it was amazing.

A clear and briskly written survey that puts slavery in context and explains its continuing impact on American life. It definitely misses a lot of the subtleties and details, but that is to be zlavery with such a broad topic.

iolchin The Revolutionary era saw slavery threatened by Enlightenment ideology, but the institution survived more strongly than ever in the South and, during the 19th century, came to be perceived as fundamental to the Southern economy and way of life.

A great introduction to the history of slavery in the United States from when the first slaves were sold at Jamestown to the end of Reconstruction in kolchim The 10th anniversary afterword–in which he discusses the recent scholarship of Ira Berlin, Philip D. 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.

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The amount of information covered is immense, and my only criticism is that there’s a chapter or section covering some of the politics of the period I believe it was right after or before the Civil Warthat I thought didn’t need to be i I was able to read this book pretty quickly, not only because I am greatly interested in the topic, but because it was a pretty easy read, even though academic in nature. There is also a chapter that discusses slavery from the white southerners perspective during those years after the Civil War.


Excerpts from a koldhin personal account, a This is a careful if occasionally dry one-volume overview of the “peculiar institution. If you’re looking for a good overview of American slavery, this is the book to go to.

Peter Kolchin paints with broad strokes as dlavery gives a general history of slavery, focusing on common trends and changes, but where the book is most brilliant is Kolchin’s focus on sharing different theories and views from historians.

American Slavery: by Peter Kolchin

The colonial era was a time when slavery was stressed in many colonies and the revolution also pushed many questions. You learn as much about how the study of historical slavery has changed, as much as you do about the hist A great introduction to the history of slavery in the United States from when the first slaves were sold at Jamestown to the end of Reconstruction in Much of what we know, or think we know, dates from the “antebellum” period of roughlywhen the planters began a reactionary movement that masked their economic interests behind racist and paternalistic apologetics for the desirability of slavery for both master and slave.

The book covers the early stages and how slavery took shape in different regions. This makes a great resource for scholarly writing. The single best short survey in America, now updated. For Kolchin, America’s experience with slavery is drastically different than other Caribbean forms of slavery simply because the American slave population grew.