Slavery and Social Death

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674744141
Release Date: 1985-03-15
Genre: Social Science

This is the first full-scale comparative study of the nature of slavery. In a work of prodigious scholarship and enormous breadth, which draws on the tribal, ancient, premodern, and modern worlds, Orlando Patterson discusses the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time. These include Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, China, Korea, the Islamic kingdoms, Africa, the Caribbean islands, and the American South. Slavery is shown to he a parasitic relationship between master and slave, invariably entailing the violent domination of a natally alienated, or socially dead, person. The phenomenon of slavery as an institution, the author argues. is a single process of recruitment, incorporation on the margin of society, and eventual manumission or death.

Slavery and Social Death

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674810839
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Social Science

In a work of prodigious scholarship and enormous breadth, which draws on the tribal, ancient, premodern, and modern worlds, Orlando Patterson discusses the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time. Slavery is shown to be a parasitic relationship between master and slave, invariably entailing the violent domination of a natally alienated, or socially dead, person. The phenomenon of slavery as an institution, the author argues, is a single process of recruitment, incorporation on the margin of society, and eventual manumission or death. --from publisher description.

Slavery and Social Death

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 067481083X
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Social Science

In a work of prodigious scholarship and enormous breadth, which draws on the tribal, ancient, premodern, and modern worlds, Orlando Patterson discusses the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time. Slavery is shown to be a parasitic relationship between master and slave, invariably entailing the violent domination of a natally alienated, or socially dead, person. The phenomenon of slavery as an institution, the author argues, is a single process of recruitment, incorporation on the margin of society, and eventual manumission or death. --from publisher description.

On Human Bondage

Author: John Bodel
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119162483
Release Date: 2016-12-27
Genre: History

Papers from a conference, "Being Nobody?," held at Brown University.

Freedom in the Making of Western Culture

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1850433585
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Civilization, Classical

This work traces the origin and development of the idea of freedom in Western culture. It deals with three distinct forms of freedom: personal freedom; civic freedom (the right to participate in public life); and sovereign freedom (the right to exercise power over others).

Rituals of Blood

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: Basic Civitas Books
ISBN: 158243039X
Release Date: 1998
Genre: History

Looks at relations between African American men and women, and the media portrayal of African Americans.

The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture

Author: David Brion Davis
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195056396
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Business & Economics

Winner of several national awards including the 1967 Pulitzer Prize, this classic study by David Brion Davis has given new direction to the historical and sociological research of society's attitude towards slavery. Davis depicts the various ways different societies have responded to the intrinsic contradictions of slavery from antiquity to the early 1770's in order to establish the uniqueness of the abolitionists' response. While slavery has always caused considerable social and psychological tension, Western culture has associated it with certain religious and philosophical doctrines that gave it the highest sanction. The contradiction of slavery grew more profound when it became closely linked with American colonization, which had as its basic foundation the desire and opportunity to create a more perfect society. Davis provides a comparative analysis of slave systems in the Old World, a discussion of the early attitudes towards American slavery, and a detailed exploration of the early protests against Negro bondage, as well as the religious, literary, and philosophical developments that contributed to both sides in the controversies of the late eighteenth century. This exemplary introduction to the history of slavery in Western culture presents the traditions in thought and value that gave rise to the attitudes of both abolitionists and defenders of slavery in the late eighteenth century as well as the nineteenth century.

Southern Slavery and the Law 1619 1860

Author: Thomas D. Morris
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807864302
Release Date: 2004-01-21
Genre: Law

This volume is the first comprehensive history of the evolving relationship between American slavery and the law from colonial times to the Civil War. As Thomas Morris clearly shows, racial slavery came to the English colonies as an institution without strict legal definitions or guidelines. Specifically, he demonstrates that there was no coherent body of law that dealt solely with slaves. Instead, more general legal rules concerning inheritance, mortgages, and transfers of property coexisted with laws pertaining only to slaves. According to Morris, southern lawmakers and judges struggled to reconcile a social order based on slavery with existing English common law (or, in Louisiana, with continental civil law.) Because much was left to local interpretation, laws varied between and even within states. In addition, legal doctrine often differed from local practice. And, as Morris reveals, in the decades leading up to the Civil War, tensions mounted between the legal culture of racial slavery and the competing demands of capitalism and evangelical Christianity.

Ideas of Slavery from Aristotle to Augustine

Author: Peter Garnsey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521574331
Release Date: 1996-11-13
Genre: Philosophy

This study, unique of its kind, asks how slavery was viewed by the leading spokesmen of Greece and Rome. There was no movement for abolition in these societies, or a vigorous debate, such as occurred in antebellum America, but this does not imply that slavery was accepted without question. This book draws on a wide range of sources, pagan, Jewish and Christian, over ten centuries, to challenge the common assumption of passive acquiescence in slavery, and the associated view that, Aristotle apart, there was no systematic thought on slavery. The work contains both a typology of attitudes to slavery ranging from critiques to justifications, and paired case studies of leading theorists of slavery, Aristotle and the Stoics, Philo and Paul, Ambrose and Augustine.

Colonial Blackness

Author: Herman L. Bennett
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253003614
Release Date: 2009-07-06
Genre: History

Asking readers to imagine a history of Mexico narrated through the experiences of Africans and their descendants, this book offers a radical reconfiguration of Latin American history. Using ecclesiastical and inquisitorial records, Herman L. Bennett frames the history of Mexico around the private lives and liberty that Catholicism engendered among enslaved Africans and free blacks, who became majority populations soon after the Spanish conquest. The resulting history of 17th-century Mexico brings forth tantalizing personal and family dramas, body politics, and stories of lost virtue and sullen honor. By focusing on these phenomena among peoples of African descent, rather than the conventional history of Mexico with the narrative of slavery to freedom figured in, Colonial Blackness presents the colonial drama in all its untidy detail.

Not Wholly Free

Author: Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789047408178
Release Date: 2005-07-15
Genre: History

Based on a thorough investigation of the literary and epigraphic sources, this comprehensive study presents Greek manumission as a form of social relations, rooted in concepts of freedom and dependence and reflected by the terminology and the conditions of manumission.

Neither Black Nor White

Author: Carl N. Degler
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 0299109143
Release Date: 1971
Genre: Social Science

Carl Degler's 1971 Pulitzer-Prize-winning study of comparative slavery in Brazil and the United States is reissued in the Wisconsin paperback edition, making it accessible for all students of American and Latin American history and sociology. Until Degler's groundbreaking work, scholars were puzzled by the differing courses of slavery and race relations in the two countries. Brazil never developed a system of rigid segregation, such as appeared in the United States, and blacks in Brazil were able to gain economically and retain far more of their African culture. Rejecting the theory of Giberto Freyre and Frank Tannenbaum--that Brazilian slavery was more humane--Degler instead points to a combination of demographic, economic, and cultural factors as the real reason for the differences. "In the early 1970s when studies in social history were beginning to blossom on the North American scene, Carl Degler's prize-winning contribution was a thoughtful provocative essay in comparative history. Its thoughtfulness has not diminished with the years. Indeed, it is as topical today as when it was first published. The Brazilian experience with rapid industrialization and its attempt to restore democratic government indicates that the issues which Degler treated in the early 1970s are more pertinent than ever today."--Franklin W. Knight, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University.

To Shape a New World

Author: Tommie Shelby
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674919846
Release Date: 2018-02-19
Genre: Philosophy

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, assassination, his political thought remains underappreciated. Tommie Shelby and Brandon Terry, along with a cast of distinguished contributors, engage critically with King’s understudied writings on a wide range of compelling, challenging topics and rethink the legacy of this towering figure.

The Cultural Matrix

Author: Orlando Patterson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674728752
Release Date: 2015-02-09
Genre: Social Science

The Cultural Matrix seeks to unravel an American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. This interdisciplinary work explains how a complex matrix of cultures influences black youth.