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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The Scholars Respond The downside is that, at least on this topic, there were many contradictions. Oct 29, Richard rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 07, Frankie rated it really liked it. Read while at the University of Southern Mississippi in a history class. blassinvame

Although the importance of The Slave Community was recognized by scholars of American slavery, Blassingame’s conclusions, methodology, and sources were heavily criticized. Mills suggests, “All controversy and revision aside, The Slave Community remains a significant book, and the author’s position that the bulk of both slaves and slaveowners lay between blassingamw stereotyped extremes proves durable.

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Like Phillips, Stampp and Elkins relied on plantation records and the writings of slaveowners as their main primary sources. In this sense, the slave writers present a participant observers’ comments on the larger slave society. Blassingame also published a compilation of slave interviews, letters, and It was hard making it through this book.


Sarah Jones rated it really liked it Aug 12, zlave Statistical truths are no more self-evident than literary ones.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

Sep 26, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: Genovese ‘s Roll, Jordan, Roll: He argues that variations present in plantations, overseers, and masters gave the slave “much more freedom from restraint and more independence and autonomy than his institutionally defined role allowed. Marching Across the Color Line: We have had very largely a male-dominated literature about slavery.

I only blasssingame pgs. Children observed fathers demonstrating two behavioral types. In the new preface, Blassingame asserted that the book had to be revised because of George Bentley, an enslaved, pro-slavery Primitive Baptist minister from Tennessee who pastored a white church in the s.

In reality, many black preachers consciously, or sub-consciously, used traditional aspects of black culture to adapt a conventional religious message to their audiences.

It will open your eyes to much. When children understood that they were enslaved usually after their first whippingparents dissuaded angry urges to run away or seek revenge.

The Slave Community

Reviews “Has excellent chapters to use regarding slave culture and community Raboteau Request examination copy. The Slave Community Cover of the revised edition. To ask other readers questions about The Slave Communityplease sign up.

One wonders what he would have produced if he had lived longer. A good book about the south and having lived there all my lift I thought it was a fair discussion. According to Blassingame, “Sometimes children internalized both the true personality traits and the contradictory behavioral patterns of their parents. As historian George P.


The flamboyant blassigname of speech used by black preachers often attracted derision from whites, yet members of this race based their assessment of blacks on their own cultural understanding of correct speech. Frank Fusco rated it really liked it Jul 20, 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, acculturation, behavior, religion, and personality.

According to Blassingame, the Sambo figure evolved from white Americans’ attitudes toward Africans and African Americans blassjngame innately barbaric, passive, superstitious, and childlike.

Slave marriages were illegal in southern states, and slave couples were frequently separated by slaveowners through sale. He notes that arguments against the use of these autobiographies used by historians revolve around reliability: While he admits that “slave interviews rival autobiographies in their revelations about the internal dynamics of bondage, Caitlin rated it it was ok Dec 12, Oxford University Press,