From Homicide to Slavery: Studies in American Culture

Paperback | January 1, 1993

byDavid Brion Davis

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For more than twenty years David Brion Davis has been recognized as a leading authority on the moral and ideological responses to slavery in the Western world. From Homicide to Slavery, Davis's first book of collected essays, brings together selections reflecting his wide-ranging interests incolonial history, Afro-American history, the social sciences, and American literature. The essays are interconnected by Davis's central concern with violence, irrationality, and the definition of moral limits during a period when Americans believed they were breaking free from historicalconstraints and acquiring new powers of self-perfection. Topics range from a socially revealing murder trial in 1843 to debates over capital punishment, movements of counter-subversion, the iconography of race, the cowboy as an American hero, the portrayal of violence in American literature, thehistoriography of slavery, and the British and American antislavery movements.

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For more than twenty years David Brion Davis has been recognized as a leading authority on the moral and ideological responses to slavery in the Western world. From Homicide to Slavery, Davis's first book of collected essays, brings together selections reflecting his wide-ranging interests incolonial history, Afro-American history, the...

David Brion Davis is at Yale University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.67 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195054180

ISBN - 13:9780195054187

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"David Brion Davis...ranks among the most successful practitioners of sophisticated popular history. From Homicide to Slavery is a worthy testament to more than 20 years' study of America's cultural past....An eloquent union of social and scholarly commitments."--The PhiladelphiaInquirer