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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Mar 11, Nick Black rated it really liked it. As slavery became increasingly important to the southern economy and way of life, southerners became more defensive of it. Oh, slavery was abolished in Brazil in This novel is truly tremendous. No eBook available Macmillan Amazon.

Peter Kolchin takes his reader through the darkest period of Amerixan history, the slave trade of the 17th century through the end of Reconstruction. The book covers the early stages and how slavery took shape in different regions.

A very interesting read. 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 May 18, Joseph rated it really liked it Shelves: Kolchin lists three key developments that mark this transition, beginning with the growth of the black family, followed by the growing occupational diversity within the Peter Kolchin takes his reader through the darkest period of American history, the slave trade of the 17th century through the end of Reconstruction.


Some of Kolchin’s claims are debatable, but he acknowledges these debates and asks readers to accept them or move beyond them.

AMERICAN SLAVERY by Peter Kolchin | Kirkus Reviews

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Jan 08, Jeremy rated it it was amazing. I hate bestowing any book with only a star, but this one was very problematic.

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American Slavery: 1619-1877

Sep 17, Sean Sullivan rated it liked it Shelves: In terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a singularly important achievement. First, he explained that term and how it applied in the United States as opposed to other places and what effect that had, and then later he said again something to the effect of “North American planters had a resident mentality.

And he does incorporate enough specific examples to make for pretty easy reading. Ripping 12 million people from Africa was horrendous. I’m being nitpicky, though.

Nice, quick introduction to Southern Slavery. Per capita measurements reveal a southern economy that lagged far behind the North.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Where this is a somewhat small book under pagesit provides a very clear understanding of the different topics that were affected by slavery without digging too deep. He tends to repeat certain facts and statements several times. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Its brevity and comprehensiveness make it a book which will serve as a guide for further reading.


It is, by its a title, a survey of American slavery over the period covered in the title. There is also a chapter that discusses slavery from the white southerners perspective during americxn years after the Civil War. This resulted in an intense relationship between slaves and slave owners an The sugar and rice plantations of the Caribbean and South America had very large numbers of primarily male slaves who interacted with relatively few whites.

I enjoyed this book i This a top notch survey of alavery many aspects of American slavery. Kolchin further assists readers in that effort by providing a wonderful bibliographic essay at the end of his book.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Lolchin account. Kolchin’s style was not particularly gripping but it was well-written and the book short enough and concise enough to keep my interest throughout.

Does a slafery job outlining how American slavery was unique in the context of the different slavery states in the world at the time, including Russian serfdom and Caribbean colonial slavery. This makes a great resource for scholarly writing. One of the book’s largest strengths is Kolchin’s navigation of the massive historiography.

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.