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History of Slavery Hardcover – Mar 2006


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  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Book Sales Inc (Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555217680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555217686
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,634,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A look at the development of slavery discusses the origins of the practice, the trans-Atlantic trade that brought millions of Africans to the Americas, abolition movements, the situation of the former slaves and their descendents, and the remnants of slavery in the twentieth century.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kenyasue on 5 Oct. 2013
This book gives an excellent chronological review and reports the origins of Enslavement, which we call the Maafa. Illustrated beautifully,an encyclopaedia of historical facts which chart the origins and actors who benefited from the ruthless exploitation. Every home should have such a book. This addition adds to my library a good buyHistory of Slavery
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The despair and pain of slavery. 26 May 1998
By andrews@netlink.com.au - Published on Amazon.com
A powerful contribution on the real history of slavery. It written in away which explain slavery as a historical development of civilisation. The photos and pictures are excellent and you feel the despair and pain of slavery. It also concludes that slavery still exsists which is important because it is still a unresolved issue today. The book represents a intellectual change and a critical outlook of present day problems. This book should be in every school, thankyou.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great resource for youngsters 14 July 2013
By Herbert L Calhoun - Published on Amazon.com
This compilation of many scholarly resources presented in an easily digestible format (with ample illustrations), has many merits, the best of them being that it serves as hub for all of the well-known historical nodes that branch off from it and bracket the subject. I was very pleased for instance to see that one of the resources it leaned heavily on was Professor Genovese's "Roll Jordan Roll." And while I may have been expecting too much to hope that it would have explored a few of the newer topics that have come to light in more recent history -- such as the legacy of the role the lop-sided gender demographics played in producing mulattoes in the slave countries of the New World -- the reader can be confident that here he is getting the best story that the Western academies have been able to come up with -- short of the more arcane missing aspects.

That story as told here is essentially that slavery has been tolerated (always morally uneasily) by societies since time immemorial -- some more comfortably than others. Most great societies of the past maintained their versions of it. However, this book fails to go into details on how these many versions of slavery differed. There is a whole other story to be told in those missing details.

The strain inflicted upon the Western world came about as an almost organic adjunct to the era of exploration, but did not get started in earnest until it was proven to be immensely profitable with regard to sugar cane in the Caribbean, and cotton in the American South, mostly during the mid-17th Century. The Western justification goes back to Aristotle's suggestion that man is "naturally" divided into rulers and the ruled, to Christian doctrines from St. Paul's Epistle to Philemon, and most of all, from the Christian story of Noah's son Ham.

Thus, as the book points out, the great shame of slavery in the New World, is how easily and how well the countries involved quickly adapted to the contradictions of slavery with their professed ideals of equality and individual freedom. How in fact those like the U.S. so easily squared the circle between their professed ideals at the same time that they came to rely on the brutal institution for their economic survival. It is these glaring contradictions that created a moral fault line that still runs down the center of American culture from the mid-17th Century to the present.

As a matter of historical fact, the book points out that the imperative for African slaves grew directly out of the decimation caused by European borne diseases that they brought to the New World that mostly as an unintended consequence killed off almost all of both the white and indigenous slaves. Even today, historians cannot quantify either the number or the degree of suffering due to disease -- or due to the brutal trafficking in the Atlantic slave trade..

The one disappointment that I did have with the book is that it did not leave even a hint about the more important legacies of slavery that have reverberated down the centuries, especially within post-slave societies like the U.S., the Caribbean, and Brazil. The moral, economic and cultural legacy of slavery in those societies has been nothing short of shameful and is everywhere transparent even today. The last chapter, "The End of the Great Evil" was especially disappointing, as it was little more than an insult to those victimized cultures that have survived the institution. Even as it correctly admits that it took the U.S, a nation conceived and defined by, and on, the precepts of equality and individual liberty, more than two centuries to eradicate the evil, it ignores the fact that if the truth were ever told, the U.S. did not exactly eradicate slavery so much as it allowed the institution to die a natural death on its own, as a result of it finally losing all of its economic impulse and power.

That said, certainly for youngsters, this is the book for them to cut their teeth on, and to learn about the general history and conceptual contours of slavery. Four stars
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