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The American crucible : slavery, emancipation and human rights

Author: Robin Blackburn
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A history of the rise and abolition of slavery in the Americas covers such topics as the plantation revolution of the seventeenth century, the emergence of anti-slavery thought, and the contributions of such figures as Thomas Paine and Frederick Douglass.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Blackburn
ISBN: 9781844675692 1844675696 9781844671137 1844671135
OCLC Number: 714889046
Description: 498 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : slavery and the West --
Empires and plantations. The Spanish conquest: destruction, enslavement and the Baroque ; Mercantile empire and the slave plantation: Brazil leads, the Dutch, English and French refine the formula ; Plantation hierarchy, social order and the Atlantic system --
The subversive boom. Slavery and industrialization ; Black aspirations and the 'Picaresque Proletariat' ; The planters back colonial revolt ; From the critique of slavery to the abolitionist movement --
The Haitian pivot. Haitians claim the rights of man ; Results and prospects I: slave-trade abolition ; Results and prospects II: Latin America --
The age of abolition. Abolitionism advances, but slavery is resurgent ; Anti-slavery: its scope, character and appeal ; The keys to emancipation ; The spiral path: ambiguous victories, contested legacies.
Responsibility: Robin Blackburn.
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A history of the rise and abolition of slavery in the Americas covers such topics as the plantation revolution of the seventeenth century, the emergence of anti-slavery thought, and the contributions of such figures as Thomas Paine and Frederick Douglass.

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