OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199922680

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,628
Author: 
Heather Andrea Williams
Pages
160 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
111 x 173 mm
Pub date
Sep 2014
Series
Very Short Introductions

カートに入れる

To purchase this item, please add the product to your basket and click the Shopping basket link above to view your basket and continue.

Send mail
Print
  • A concise history of slavery in America beginning with the Portuguese capture of Africans in the 1400s
  • Draws from both historical analyses and a reading of primary documents to explore the history of slavery
  • Examines legislation that differentiated American Indians and Africans from Europeans
  • Traces the development of American slavery until its abolition following the Civil War

 
Europeans, Africans, and American Indians practiced slavery long before the first purchase of a captive African by a white land-owner in the American colonies; that, however, is the image of slavery most prevalent in the minds of Americans today. This Very Short Introduction begins with the Portuguese capture of Africans in the 1400s and traces the development of American slavery until its abolition following the Civil War. Historian Heather Andrea Williams draws upon the rich recent scholarship of numerous highly-regarded academics as well as an analysis of primary documents to explore the history of slavery and its effects on the American colonies and later the United States of America. Williams examines legislation that differentiated American Indians and Africans from Europeans as the ideology of white supremacy flourished and became an ingrained feature of the society. These laws reflected the contradiction of America's moral and philosophical ideology that valorized freedom on one hand and justified the enslavement of a population deemed inferior on another. She explores the tense and often violent relationships between the enslaved and the enslavers, and between abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates as those who benefited from the institution fought to maintain and exert their power. 

Williams is attentive to the daily labors that enslaved people performed, reminding readers that slavery was a system of forced labor with economic benefits that produced wealth for a new nation, all the while leaving an indelible mark on its history.

Index: 

Chapter 1-Old Worlds Collide through the Atlantic Slave Trade
Chapter 2-Putting Slavery Into Place in the American Colonies
Chapter 3-Early Challenges to Slavery in America
Chapter 4-America Built on Slavery
Chapter 5-Making Life Bearable
Chapter 6—Domination and Resistance
Chapter 7—Taking Slavery Apart
Epilogue

About the author: 

Heather Andrea Williams is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery, and Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom.

The price listed on this page is the recommended retail price for Japan. When a discount is applied, the discounted price is indicated as “Discount price”. Prices are subject to change without notice.