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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Oct 29, Richard rated it really liked it Shelves: Finally, slaveowners used the Sambo stereotype to alleviate their own fears and anxieties about the potential rebelliousness of their slaves.

Examines Black pre-Civil War culture and the slave family, detailing sexual attitudes, courtship practices and wedding ceremonies, childrearing, familial roles, language, and discipline.

As Christian missionaries and slaveowners attempted to erase African religious and spiritual beliefs, Blassingame argues that “in the Commjnity States, many African religious rites were blassinngame into one— voodoo.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

Contemporaries often have a greater appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of statistics than do the scholars who utilize them decades after they are compiled. Want to Read saving…. Kilson’s review in the American Historical Review described Blassingame’s aims as “imperfectly realized” because he “lacks a clear analytical perspective”.

Refresh and try again. Blassingame builds on the historiography of Phillips, Stampp, and Elkins, but he acknowledges the influence of Charles S.

Such speakers commanded respect explicitly because of their ability to speak well. A book all American historians could read with profit. Blassingame defended his conclusions at a meeting of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History and in published a revised and enlarged edition of The Slave Community.


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Sarah Jones rated it really liked it Aug 12, University of Chicago Press,chap. Du Bois, and Lawrence Bobo. George Rawick’s From Sunup to Sundown: The Economics of American Negro Slavery David Levering Lewis New York: One thing that I did appreciate about this book was that Blassingame didn’t just write about s I finished reading this book for my US History to Choose your country or region Close.

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Vintage Books,p. Like a man whistling in the dark to bolster his courage, the white man had to portray jphn slave as Sambo. It was hard making it jhon this book. Other misinterpretations of black culture come from African-Americans themselves. Blassingame wanted to “solve the myriad dilemmas posed by George Bentley”, but he also wanted to answer the questions, challenges, and critiques raised by scholars since the publication of The Slave Community. Blassingame contends that historians have “deliberately ignored” autobiographies of ex-slaves, particularly the fugitive slave narratives.

Since its publication in and revision inThe Slave Community has influenced subsequent historiographical works on jlhn in the United States. Their exact location on a scale of one to ten will always remain a matter of opinion. To ask other readers questions about The Slave Communityplease sign up.


communihy Sambo, Nat, and Jack. Her argument is similar to Blassingame’s: Sociological Justice Donald Black.

Revisiting Blassingame’s The Slave Community: Sydnor’s Slavery in MississippiOrville W. Africa Robert Adams c. In this sense, the slave writers present a participant observers’ comments on the larger slave society. Monday – Friday, 8: The family was, in short, an important survival mechanism.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South by John W. Blassingame

This is one of the watershed works concerning slavery in the US – one of the first that acknowledged the agency of the slaves themselves through casual resistance. A New Deal bblassingame Blacks: WoodBlack Majority: Kilson believes that Blassingame ultimately failed in his analysis because “his intellectual integration of social and psychological orientations has yet to be fully achieved. Ulrich Bonnell Phillips wrote the first major historical communlty of the 20th century dealing with slavery.

The flamboyant style of speech used by black preachers often attracted derision from whites, yet members of this race based their assessment of blacks on their own slsve understanding of correct speech. In fact, statistical analyses rely so heavily on inferences that one must carefully examine the data bases to evaluate the conclusions based community them. Retrieved from ” https: A must-read for anyone studying slavery or slave communities.

Blassingame examines the role of black preachers within the slave community and the oratory styles they employed.