Slavery and the American South

Slavery and the American South

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AMERICAN HISTORY -- African American --g In 1900 very few historians were exploring the institution of slavery in the South. But in the next half century, the culture of slavery became a dominating theme in Southern historiography. In the 1970s it was the subject of the first Chancellor's Symposium in Southern History held at the University of Mississippi. Since then, scholarly interest in slavery has proliferated ever more widely. In fact, the editor of this retrospective volume states that since the 1970s qthe expansion has resulted in a corpus that has a huge number of components-scores, even hundreds, rather than mere dozens.q He states that qno such gathering could possibly summarize all the changes of those twenty-five years.q Hence, for the Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium in Southern History in the year 2000, instead of providing historiographical summary, the participants were invited to formulate thoughts arising from their own special interests and experiences. Each paper was complemented by a learned, penetrating reaction. qOn balance, q the editor avers in his introduction, qreflection about the whole can convey a further sense of the condition of this field of scholarship at the very end of the last century, which was surely an improvement over what prevailed at the beginning.q The collection of papers includes the following: qLogic and Experience: Thomas Jefferson's Life in the Lawq by Annette Gordon-Reed, with commentary by Peter S. Onuf; qThe Peculiar Fate of the Bourgeois Critique of Slaveryq by James Oakes, with commentary by Walter Johnson; qReflections on Law, Culture, and Slaveryq by Ariela Gross, with commentary by Laura F. Edwards; qRape in Black and White: Sexual Violence in the Testimony of Enslaved and Free Americansq by Norrece T. Jones, Jr., with commentary by Jan Lewis; qThe Long History of a Low Place: Slavery on the South Carolina Coast, 1670-1870q by Robert Olwell, with commentary by William Dusinberre; qPaul Robeson and Richard Wright on the Arts and Slave Cultureq by Sterling Stuckey, with commentary by Roger D. Abrahams. Winthrop D. Jordan is William F. Winter Professor of History and professor of African American studies at the University of Mississippi. His previous books include White Over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812 and The White Man's Burden: Historical Origins of Racism in the United States, and his work has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Daedalus, and the Journal of Southern History, among other periodicals.aquot; The collection of papers includes the following: aquot;Logic and Experience: Thomas Jeffersona#39;s Life in the Lawaquot; by Annette Gordon-Reed, with commentary by Peter S. Onuf; aquot;The Peculiar Fate of the Bourgeois Critique of Slaveryaquot; by James Oakes, ...

Title:Slavery and the American South
Author: Annette Gordon-Reed, Winthrop D. Jordan
Publisher:Univ. Press of Mississippi - 2003

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