Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World

Paperback | April 15, 2008

byDavid Brion Davis

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Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, David Brion Davis has long been recognized as the leading authority on slavery in the Western World. Now, in Inhuman Bondage, Davis sums up a lifetime of insight in this definitive account of New World slavery. The heart of the book looks at slavery in the American South, describing black slaveholding planters, the rise of the Cotton Kingdom, the daily life of ordinary slaves, the highly destructive slave trade, the sexual exploitation of slaves, the emergence of an African-American culture, and muchmore. But though centered on the United States, the book offers a global perspective spanning four continents. It is the only study of American slavery that reaches back to ancient foundations and also traces the long evolution of anti-black racism in European thought. Equally important, it combinesthe subjects of slavery and abolitionism as very few books do, and it connects the actual life of slaves with the crucial place of slavery in American politics, stressing that slavery was integral to America's success as a nation--not a marginal enterprise. A definitive history by a writer deeply immersed in the subject, Inhuman Bondage offers a compelling portrait of the dark side of the American dream. "A tour de force.... Could not be more welcome.... Davis follows the large story of slavery into all corners of the Atlantic world, demonstrating that hardly anyone or anything was untouched by it.... An invaluable guide to explaining what has made slavery's consequences so much a part ofcontemporary American culture and politics." --Ira Berlin, The New York Times Book Review "A sinewy book that combines erudition and everyday detail into a gripping, often surprising, narrative." --Wall Street Journal

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Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, David Brion Davis has long been recognized as the leading authority on slavery in the Western World. Now, in Inhuman Bondage, Davis sums up a lifetime of insight in this definitive account of New World slavery. The heart of the book looks at slavery in the American South, descr...

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and Director Emeritus of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, also at Yale. His books include The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823, Slavery and Human ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 1.2 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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MapsA Selective Calendar of EventsPrologue1. The Amistad Test of Law and Justice2. The Ancient Foundations of Modern Slavery3. The Origins of Anti-Black Racism in the New World4. How Africans Became Integral to New World History5. The Atlantic Slave System: Brazil and the Caribbean6. Slavery in Colonial North America7. The Problem of Slavery in the American Revolution8. The Impact of the French and Haitian Revolutions9. Slavery in the Nineteenth-Century South, I: From Contradiction to Defense10. Slavery in the Nineteenth-Century South, II: From Slaveholder Treatment and the Nature of Labor to Slave Culture, Sex and Religion, and Free Blacks11. Some Nineteenth-Century Slave Conspiracies and Revolts12. Explanations of British Abolitionism13. Abolitionism in America14. The Politics of Slavery in the United States15. The Civil War and Slave EmancipationEpilogueNotesAcknowledgmentsIndex

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"A tour de force.... Could not be more welcome.... An invaluable guide to explaining what has made slavery's consequences so much a part of contemporary American culture and politics."--Ira Berlin, The New York Times Book Review