Taking into account the major recent studies, this volume presents an updated analysis of the life of the black slave–his African heritage, culture, family. The Slave Community. Plantation Life in the Antelbellum South. By John W. Blassingame (New York: Oxford University Press,. 1 ix plus pp. Illustrated. In The Slave Community, John Blassingame develops an interpreta- tion of slave personality and culture in the antebellum U.S. South, draw- ing heavily on.

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Cover of the revised edition. It will open your eyes to much. As historian George P.

The Slave Community

Rawick points out, more weight was often given to white sources: Appleton and Company,pp. Degler writes in the Washington Post that Blassingame’s study comes “closer than any previous study to answering the question ‘what was it like to be a slave?

The Communiy Community is exceptionally well-researched and written, very insightful and revealing.

Lists with This Book. A good book about the south and having lived there all my lift I thought it was a fair discussion. Jonathan Brantley rated it really liked it Dec 10, Levine ‘s Black Culture and Black Consciousness: I only read pgs.

Contemporaries often have a blassinngame appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of statistics than do the scholars who utilize them decades after they are compiled.

I gave the book four stars because some statements from author came off more as speculation, or there was a generalization of information without any given reference citations. It spurs much discussion. The book was definitely insightful, and knowing the culture of African slavery in Antebellum America was eye opening to me.

He questions the reality of plantation paternalism described by Phillips: He asserts that the retention of African culture acted as a form of resistance to enslavement: Sep 29, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Prisoners of war, or even kidnapping a family in their homes or farms and selling them to Dutch, Arabian, and Portuguese slave traders.


George rated it liked it Aug 24, It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Go directly to our online catalogue. Like Phillips, Stampp and Elkins relied on plantation records and the writings of slaveowners as their main primary sources.

Read while at the University of Southern Mississippi in a history class. Goes a long way in building a base in understanding the uniqueness of the Black experience in America.

Finally, slaveowners used the Sambo stereotype to alleviate their own fears and anxieties about the potential rebelliousness of their slaves.

Blassingame responded to questions and critiques from the panel. Instruments reproduced by slaves include drums, three-stringed banjos, gourd rattles, and mandolins.

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The dry bones of historical analysis, statistics acquire life when filtered through the accounts left by eyewitnesses. Du Bois, and Saidya Hartman. The very opposite was true. Kilson believes that Blassingame ultimately failed in his analysis because “his intellectual integration of social and psychological orientations has yet to be fully achieved.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

He observed that during courtship men blassinyame women and exaggerated their prowess. The most useful volume available as a college text giving a ‘black perspective’ on the slave experience. See 1 question about The Slave Community…. RawickFrom Sunup to Sundown: Yet, like many good books, it should have been better.

Lovisa von Burghausen — Olaudah Equiano c. He never mentions receiving schooling of any significance, yet his autobiography is written in a grammatically correct and formal manner. The extent of submissiveness often depends on the structure of the group to which the person belongs. This books examines the slave society as a society – exploring the institutions, life ways, and patterns from both the slave and owners perspective.


Blassingame concludes, “Uncritical use of the interviews will lead almost inevitably to a simplistic and distorted view of the plantation as a paternalistic institution where the chief feature of life was mutual love and respect between masters and slaves. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

A very readable look at slave culture, arguing that American slaves retained and adapted many African folkways up through the time of the Civil War. This well-researched volume documents all aspects of life for the plantation slave before the Civil Blassingam. Blassingame, “Using the Testimony of Ex-Slaves: Stampp’s study lacks the racist interpretation found in American Negro Slavery and approaches the issue from the position that there is no innate difference between blacks and whites.

Still, Blassingame’s conclusions, methodology, and sources received substantial criticism from historians. An interdisciplinary journal about the regions, places, and cultures of the American South Kolchin, Peter. Engs, University of Pennsylvania “It is doubly welcome, both for its intrinsic worth in describing slavery as it must have been for those inside and for its meaning and scholarship Read for personal research – found this book’s contents helpful and inspiring. It spurs much discussion.

Historians criticized Blassingame for dismissing the WPA slave interviews and relying solely on fugitive slave narratives.

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