The slave community: plantation life in the antebellum south is a book written by american historian john w blassingamepublished in 1972, it is one of the first historical studies of slavery in the united states to be presented from the perspective of the enslaved. Slavery, segregation, oppression, and even social welfare programs have had many effects on african american culture, whereas the absence or relative infrequency of these forces has not, for the most part, shaped the culture of europeans of african descent. Involved with the study of plantation slavery american culture, in opposition to the idea that material culture and african-american spirituality at the.
African-american history and culture the manuscript division has one of the nation's most valuable collections for the study of african-american history and culture the library's holdings include information about slavery and the slave trade as well as other aspects of plantation life. Scholars, slavery, and african-american culture i slavery in the hemisphere a law: north america vs south america and west indies b demography: 1500-1880 i four times as many africans as europeans cross atlantic to the new world (after 1880, this is no longer the case. The african-american mosaic: a library of congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture washington, dc: library of congress, 1993 washington, dc: library of congress, 1993.
The european usage of africans slaves stemmed from a lack of labor in the americas and the need for workers in the sugar plantations in the caribbean, the silver mines in south america and cash crop plantations in north america. The study of slave culture continued to dominate writing on slavery in the 1980s, although peter kolchin, in a work comparing american slavery with russian serfdom, argues that scholars must not. Revisit america's arduous journey through slavery with this special collection of videos and web-exclusive features by trusted producers across pbseach of the features below is a window into a.
Slave life and culture as with all colonists, slave life varied, depending on where a person lived and what his job was in the north, slaves might work as cooks, maids, farm hands, gardeners. The 1500s saw the beginning of slave labor as africans were brought to north and south america and the caribbean hundreds of different african dance styles, from various ethnic groups, were merged together, along with styles of european dancing. Slave religion and culture in much the same way they viewed slave marriage, planters also saw religion as a means of controlling their slaves, and they encouraged it slaves, in a prayer house built on the plantation or at services in their master's nearby church, heard time and again a simple sermon—obey your master and do not steal or lie. Recent developments in the study of the transatlantic slave trade have encouraged scholars of african american religious history to attend in greater detail to the ethnic origins of enslaved africans, to the cultural distinctiveness of different regions and states, and to change over time as african american religious culture developed. Wallbuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting america's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which america was built - a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined.
M mullin, africa in america: slave acculturation and resistance in the american south and the british caribbean, 1736 - 1831, univ of il press, (1995) you can read reviews or buy this book safely and online from amazoncom. An overview of the african-american experience in the mid-1500s, european mariners started bringing black africans to america as slaves this forced migration was unique in american history. Introduction slavery was the most important institution in colonial british america every area of colonial british america before the american revolution allowed slavery, and in southern and island plantations it was essential to all areas of life. Nara records pertaining to american slavery and the international slave trade this is a library of congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture.
Unbridgeable gap that separates the academic study of slavery and the slave trade from a full and general appreciation of the heritage of africa in the diaspora and the modern world. The enterprising slave owner bought and sold slaves for an additional source of income planters the image of the south as a place where plantation adjoined plantation and the entire white population owned slaves is a myth. The slave trade caused a culture of mistrust to develop within africa initially, slaves were captured primarily through state organized raids and warfare, but as the trade.
Antecedents and models slavery is often termed the peculiar institution, but it was hardly peculiar to the united states almost every society in the history of the world has experienced slavery at one time or another. The political legacy of american slavery avidit acharya, stanford university matthew blackwell, harvard university maya sen, harvard university we show that contemporary differences in political attitudes across counties in the american south in part trace their. During the days of american slavery, many whites held stereotypes of blacks as inferior, unevolved, and apelike the present study was designed to see whether.