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American Slavery - Peter Kolchin.

African-American history and culture

American Slavery - Peter Kolchin.

'Although Americans like to think that the United States was "conceived in liberty", writes Peter Kolchin, 'the reality is somewhat different...'
The crucial 'difference', of course, was slavery. Here Kolchin examines its roots in the colonial era, early racial attitudes, the new Revolutionary commitment to 'rights' and 'liberty', and the implicit boost given to salvery by a cautiously worded Constitution. Later chapters turn to the ideologies and social structures of the Old South, the nature of slave culture and communities, and finally the road to Abolition. Professor Kolchin brilliantly knits together research in all these areas to provide a lucid, vivid and humane overview that is fully alive to the complexities of the evidence (paperback, pre-owned, some age related page yellowing. No tears, creases or writing).

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