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Many thousands gone : the first two centuries of slavery in North America

Many thousands gone : the first two centuries of slavery in North America

Author: Ira Berlin
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [1998] ©1998
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book sketches the complex evolution of slavery and black society from the first arrivals in the early 1600s through the American Revolution. Many Americans, black and white, identify slavery with cotton, the deep South, and the African-American church. But at the beginning of the nineteenth century, after almost two hundred years of African-American life in mainland North America, few slaves grew cotton, lived  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ira Berlin
ISBN: 0674810929 9780674810921 0674002113 9780674002111
OCLC Number: 38966102
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 1998.
Bancroft Prize, 1999.
Description: x, 497 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Making slavery, making race --
Societies with slaves: the charter generations. Emergence of Atlantic Creoles in the Chesapeake ; Expansion of Creole society in the North ; Divergent paths in the lowcountry ; Devolution in the lower Mississippi Valley --
Slave societies: the plantation generations. The tobacco revolution in the Chesapeake ; The rice revolution in the lowcountry ; Growth and the transformation of black life in the North ; Stagnation and transformation in the lower Mississippi Valley --
Slave and free: the revolutionary generations. The slow death of slavery in the North ; The union of African-American society in the upper South ; Fragmentation in the lower South ; Slavery and freedom in the lower Mississippi Valley --
Making race, making slavery.
Responsibility: Ira Berlin.


A leading historian of southern and African-American life traces the evolution of black society in America from its creation in the early 17th century through the American Revolution. Berlin reveals  Read more...


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The American Constitution chose slavery...and the nation justified the choice by formulating an ideology that made blacks into something less than human beings. The result, as historian Ira Berlin Read more...

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