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University of Chicago Press. The author investigates why the American slave system was so different from any other slave system, and why was its impact on Negro personality so severe and lasting. Seller: Ground Zero Books, Ltd. Published: Condition: good, good.

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Inventory No: Trade Paperback in Very Good condition with a tight binding and an unmarked text. Cover scuffing and edgewear with wear to the spine hinges. An introduction: slavery as a problem in historiography -- II. Institutions and the law of slavery -- III. Slavery and personality -- IV. Slavery and the intellectual. G-VG, unmarked 5" x 8" Paperback; owner's name.. Seller: de Wit Books Published: There exists a major problem about American slavery, one on which even a reader of the best American historians on slavery will not be enlightened: indeed, if he limits his reading to historians he will hardly know that a problem does exist.

But why was American slavery the most awful the world has ever known?

A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life

The slave was totally removed from the protection of organized society compare the elaborate provisions for the protection of slaves in the Bible , his existence as a human being was given no recognition by any religious or secular agency, he was totally ignorant of and completely cut off from his past, and he was offered absolutely no hope for the future.

The slave could not, by law, be taught to read or write; he could not practice any religion without permission of his master, and could never meet with his fellows, for religious or any other purposes, except in the presence of a white; and finally, if a master wished to free him, every legal obstacle was used to thwart such action.

This was not what slavery meant in the ancient world, in medieval and early modern Europe, nor in Brazil and the West Indies. More important, American slavery was also awful in its effects. If we compare the present situation of the American Negro with that of, let us say, Brazilian Negroes who were slaves twenty years longer , we begin to suspect that very different patterns of slavery must have produced such different outcomes. Today the Brazilian Negro is a Brazilian; though most are poor and do the hard and dirty work of the country, as Negroes do in the United States, they are not cut off from society.

They reach into its highest strata, merging there—in smaller and smaller numbers, it is true, but with complete acceptance—with other Brazilians of all kinds. The relations between Negroes and whites in Brazil show nothing of the mass irrationality that prevails in this country.

And if we compare American Negroes with the West Indian Negroes, we are struck by the greater self-confidence and energy of the latter—and again are forced to ask: what is it that happened to Negroes in the Southern States before ? As we may read in the beginning of Mr.

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It is Mr. After reading his book, I do not believe there is a social scientist in America who thinks better than he does; he presents his thoughts with a clarity and power few of them can match; he understands sociology and psychology better than any other American historian I have read, and better than many sociologists and psychologists do. He has mastered a vast literature, in disparate fields, and he uses all his learning for the sole purpose of advancing his and our understanding of the important subject he has chosen to study.

He is a sociologist where he must be a sociologist, a psychologist where he must be a psychologist, an anthropologist where he must be an anthropologist. May the academy not take vengeance upon him.


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Such a book is so rare that it is hard to stop praising it; but let me report on what Mr. Elkins has to tell us. After first surveying the vast literature on American slavery, he refers to a little known work, Citizen and Slave , in which Frank Tannenbaum had pointed to striking differences between Brazilian and American slavery, and to their very different outcomes. Elkins takes up this theme in the first section of his book and explains why these great differences emerged.

In Brazil the slave had many more rights than in the United States: he could legally marry, he could, indeed had to be, baptized and become a member of the Catholic Church, his family could not be broken up by sale, and he had many days on which he could either rest or earn money to buy his freedom.

The government encouraged manumission, and the freedom of infants could often be purchased for a small sum at the baptismal font.