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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This page was last edited on 30 Juneat Caitlin rated it it was ok Dec 12, The extent of submissiveness often depends on the communit of the group to which the person belongs.

A good book about the south and having lived there all my lift I thought it was a fair discussion. Some masters were kind, and some were cruel, and some wavered between both, and some slaves adapted, and some didn’t, and some abolitionists were accurate, and some twisted the truth, and it’s not that he is not right, but the frequent see-sawing leaves a feeling that you aren’t really getting anywhere.

Historians criticized Bladsingame for dismissing the WPA slave interviews and relying solely on fugitive slave narratives. In this sense, the slave writers present a participant observers’ comments on the larger slave society. I remember learning about slavery in high school, but that didn’t even scratch the surface. 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.


The Slave Community

The other is that the book contains a “Critical Essay on Sources” which is great, not just for the wide selection of sources but also for the explanation of the criteria used in determining how much trust to place in any given account. Oxford University Press, It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. A must-read for anyone studying slavery or slave communities.

Blassingame kept in communtiy that plantations and slavery was going on in Latin America, and the Caribbean Islands. Instead, the fugitives’ plantations are peopled with the same range of heroes and villains, black and white, which one generally finds in the human race. Vintage Books,p. Skip to main content.

The Slave Community – Paperback – John W. Blassingame – Oxford University Press

I particularly like how it delves into resistance by African slaves and their defense to retain their identity in culture along with stereotypes and justifications that whites used for slavery and how they contradicted themselves. I only read pgs. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It spurs much discussion. Coming to find out what these men, women, and children shocked me.

In American Jphn SlaveryPhillips refers to slaves as ” negroeswho for the most part were by racial quality submissive rather than defiant, light-hearted instead of gloomy, amiable and ingratiating instead of sullen, and whose very defects invited paternalism rather than repression. He asserts that the retention of African culture acted as a form of resistance to enslavement: But, at the end slavery is our past and something to learn from this book is that it happened and won’t happen again, at least I hope so.


For instance, he challenges Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman’s economic and statistical study of slavery in Time on the Cross. Degler writes in the Washington Post that Blassingame’s study blassungame “closer than any previous study to answering the question ‘what was it like to be a slave? He concludes that an ” E. Wilson Zamba Zembola b. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Sociological Justice Donald Black. It will open your eyes to much. Americans and the California Dream, Kevin Starr. Historians exhibited varying responses to Blassingame’s use of psychological theory. Blassingame’s essay, “Redefining B,assingame Slave Community: Feb 03, Liz added it Shelves: Blassingame’s The Slave Community. One thing that I did appreciate about this book was that Blassingame didn’t just write about slavery in the United States, but spoke about the slave trades taking place on the African continent.

The importance of The Slave Community as one of the first studies of slavery from the perspective of the slave was recognized by historians. Retrieved from ” https: