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Maps A Selective Calendar of Events Prologue 1: The Amistad Test of Law and Justice 2: The Ancient Foundations of Modern Slavery 3: The Origins of Anti-Black Racism in the New World 4: How Africans Became Integral to New World History 5: The Atlantic Slave System: Brazil and the Caribbean 6: Slavery in Colonial North America 7: The Problem of Slavery in the American Revolution 8: The Impact of the French and Haitian Revolutions 9: Slavery in the Nineteenth-Century South, I: From Contradiction to Defense 10: Slavery in the Nineteenth-Century South, II: From Slaveholder Treatment and the Nature of Labor to Slave Culture, Sex and Religion, and Free Blacks 11: Some Nineteenth-Century Slave Conspiracies and Revolts 12: Explanations of British Abolitionism 13: Abolitionism in America 14: The Politics of Slavery in the United States 15: The Civil War and Slave Emancipation Epilogue Notes Acknowledgments Index

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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. Best known for his highly acclaimed books The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823, Slavery and Human Progress, and most recently, Challenging the Boundaries of Slavery, Davis has won a Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award for History and Biography, the Bancroft Prize, the Albert J. Beveridge Award, and the Bruce Catton Prize for Lifetime Achievement, among other honors.

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A preeminent historian of slavery here offers a splendid, big-picture look at the sources, shape, substance, and influences of human bondage throughout the Americas. Pulitzer Prize winner Davis (history, emeritus, Yale; The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture) sweeps from the ancient foundations of modern slavery to its ban in the United States following the Civil War, with an epilog covering the end of slavery in the Americas when it was outlawed in Cuba and Brazil in the 1880s. Davis deftly explores the commercial and cultural systems that delivered dehumanized chattel-and staggering capital profits-to the Americas. His insights on the meaning of slavery extend to its still-shackling racist legacies, while his attention to the heroic persistence of antislavery efforts (including slave insurrections) emphasizes the moral dimensions of choice that willed slavery to start, stop, and still exist. Though Davis focuses on the ideological and institutional developments that distinguished the U.S. slavocracy, his more formidable gift is to offer global perspective on the U.S. experience by pushing beyond parochialism and expanding comprehension of the international connections and dependencies that drove and derailed slavery. Accessible to specialists and general readers alike, this is essential for any serious collection on race, slavery, coerced labor, the modern world, the Americas, or U.S. history.-Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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 Impressive and sprawling...Davis's account is rich in detail, and his voice is clear enough to coax even casual readers through this dense history. Publishers Weekly

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