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Davis, David Brion

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Works: 84 works in 349 publications in 2 languages and 22,788 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Book reviews 
Roles: Compiler, Editor, Other
Classifications: E441, 306.362097
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Publications about David Brion Davis
Publications by David Brion Davis
Most widely held works about David Brion Davis
 
Most widely held works by David Brion Davis
The problem of slavery in the age of Revolution, 1770-1823 by David Brion Davis( Book )
42 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in English and held by 3,117 libraries worldwide
Part of a trilogy "The Problem of Slavery in World History", this is the second book in the series. It features a preface exploring the anti-slavery debate among American historians, between the 1970s and 1990s, started by the original publication of this book in the 1970s
Inhuman bondage : the rise and fall of slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis( Book )
19 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 2,993 libraries worldwide
Davis begins with the dramatic Amistad case, which vividly highlights the international character of the Atlantic slave trade and the roles of the American judiciary, the presidency, the media, and of both black and white abolitionists. The heart of the book looks at slavery in the American South, describing black slaveholding planters, the rise of the Cotton Kingdom, the daily life of ordinary slaves, the highly destructive internal, long-distance slave trade, the sexual exploitation of slaves, the emergence of an African-American culture, and much more. But though centered on the United States, the book offers a global perspective spanning four continents. It is the only study of American slavery that reaches back to ancient foundations (discussing the classical and biblical justifications for chattel bondage) and also traces the long evolution of anti-black racism (as in the writings of David Hume and Immanuel Kant, among many others). Equally important, it combines the subjects of slavery and abolitionism as very few books do, and it illuminates the meaning of nineteenth-century slave conspiracies and revolts, with a detailed comparison with 3 major revolts in the British Caribbean. It connects the actual life of slaves with the crucial place of slavery in American politics and stresses that slavery was integral to America's success as a nation.--from publisher description
The problem of slavery in Western culture by David Brion Davis( Book )
57 editions published between 1966 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,623 libraries worldwide
This classic study by David Brion Davis has given new direction to the historical and sociological research of society's attitude towards slavery. Davis depicts the various ways different societies have responded to the intrinsic contradictions of slavery from antiquity to the early 1770's in order to establish the uniqueness of the abolitionists' response. While slavery has always caused considerable social and psychological tension, Western culture has associated it with certain religious and philosophical doctrines that gave it the highest sanction. The contradiction of slavery grew more profound when it became closely linked with American colonization, which had as its basic foundation the desire and opportunity to create a more perfect society. Davis provides a comparative analysis of slave systems in the Old World, a discussion of the early attitudes towards American slavery, and a detailed exploration of the early protests against Negro bondage, as well as the religious, literary, and philosophical developments that contributed to both sides in the controversies of the late eighteenth century. This exemplary introduction to the history of slavery in Western culture presents the traditions in thought and value that gave rise to the attitudes of both abolitionists and defenders of slavery in the late eighteenth century as well as the nineteenth century.-- Publisher description
Slavery and human progress by David Brion Davis( Book )
20 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 2,054 libraries worldwide
Challenging the boundaries of slavery by David Brion Davis( file )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,442 libraries worldwide
"This book views slavery in a new light and underscores the human tragedy at the heart of the American story."--BOOK JACKET
The antislavery debate capitalism and abolitionism as a problem in historical interpretation ( file )
6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,359 libraries worldwide
From homicide to slavery : studies in American culture by David Brion Davis( Book )
8 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 1,298 libraries worldwide
This collection of the author's selected essays reflect his wide-ranging interests in American colonial history, Afro-American history, the social sciences and American literature. Amongst his topics are capital punishment, the American anti-slavery movement and the cowboy as American hero
The fear of conspiracy; images of un-American subversion from the Revolution to the present by David Brion Davis( Book )
15 editions published between 1971 and 1979 in English and held by 1,151 libraries worldwide
The slave power conspiracy and the paranoid style by David Brion Davis( Book )
11 editions published between 1969 and 1982 in English and held by 1,044 libraries worldwide
Homicide in American fiction, 1798-1860; a study in social values by David Brion Davis( Book )
19 editions published between 1957 and 1968 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,031 libraries worldwide
The boisterous sea of liberty : a documentary history of America from discovery through the Civil War by David Brion Davis( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 992 libraries worldwide
Drawing on a gold mine of primary documents - including letters, diary entries, personal narratives, political speeches, broadsides, trial transcripts, and contemporary newspaper articles - The Boisterous Sea of Liberty brings the past to life in a way few histories ever do. Here is a panoramic look at American history from the voyages of Columbus through the bloody Civil War, as captured in the words of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and many other historical figures, both famous and obscure. In these pieces, the living voices of the past speak to us from opposing viewpoints - from the vantage point of loyalists as well as patriots, slaves as well as masters - providing a more sophisticated understanding of the forces that have shaped our society, from the power of public opinion to the nearly absolute power of the slaveholder. The Boisterous Sea of Liberty is a documentary history of America, which uses the first-person testimony to reconstruct the basic forces, events, ideas, and struggles that shaped American society during its formative era. It places the defining documents of American history in their proper context and presents a lively and innovative interpretation of our history from earliest colonization through the Civil War
Ante-bellum reform by David Brion Davis( Book )
6 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 817 libraries worldwide
In the image of God : religion, moral values, and our heritage of slavery by David Brion Davis( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 743 libraries worldwide
Revolutions : reflections on American equality and foreign liberations by David Brion Davis( Book )
7 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and German and held by 613 libraries worldwide
Analyzes American attitudes and reactions to revolutions
Antebellum American culture : an interpretive anthology by David Brion Davis( Book )
11 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in English and held by 529 libraries worldwide
This volume offers students and teachers a unique view of American history prior to the Civil War. Distinguished historian David Brion Davis has chosen a diverse array of primary sources that show the actual concerns, hopes, fears, and understandings of ordinary antebellum Americans. He places these sources within a clear interpretive narrative that brings the documents to life and highlights themes that social and cultural historians have called to our attention in recent years. Beginning with the family and the issue of socialization and influence, the units move on to struggles over access to wealth and power: the plight of "outsiders" in an "open" society: and ideals of progress, perfection, and mission. The reader of this volume hears a great diversity of voices but also grasps the unities that survived even the Civil War
The problem of slavery in the age of emancipation by David Brion Davis( Book )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 366 libraries worldwide
"From the revered historian--winner of nearly every award given in his field--the long-awaited conclusion of his magisterial three-volume history of slavery in Western culture that has been more than fifty years in the making. David Brion Davis is one of the foremost historians of our time, and in this final volume in his monumental trilogy on slavery in Western culture he offers highly original, authoritative, and penetrating insight into what slavery and emancipation meant to Americans. He explores how the Haitian revolution terrified and inspired white and black Americans respectively, and offers a commanding analysis of the complex and misunderstood significance of "colonization"--the project to move freed slaves back to Africa--to members of both races and all political persuasions. Davis vividly portrays the dehumanizing impact of slavery, as well as the generally unrecognized importance of freed slaves to abolition. And he explores the influence of religion on American ideas about emancipation. Above all, he captures the ways in which America wrestled with the knotty problem of moving forward into an age of emancipation. This is a landmark work: a brilliant conclusion to one of the great works of American history"--
Was Thomas Jefferson an authentic enemy of slavery? An inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 18 February 1970 by David Brion Davis( Book )
2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 133 libraries worldwide
Slavery in the colonial Chesapeake by David Brion Davis( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 103 libraries worldwide
Inhuman bondage the rise and fall of slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis( file )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 85 libraries worldwide
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Davis looks at slavery in the American South, describing black slaveholding planters, the rise of the Cotton Kingdom, the daily life of ordinary slaves, the slave trade, the sexual exploitation of slaves; the emergence of African-American culture, and much more
The emancipation moment by David Brion Davis( Book )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 63 libraries worldwide
 
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Brion Davis, David
Davis, David
Davis, David B.
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English (255)
German (2)
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