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Generations of Captivity

A History of African-American Slaves
Berlin, Ira (Book - 2003 )
Generations of Captivity
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In this book Ira Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its demise nearly three hundred years later. Most Americans, black and white, have a singular vision of slavery, one fixed in the mid-nineteenth century when most American slaves grew cotton, resided in the deep South, and subscribed to Christianity. Here, however, Berlin offers a major reinterpretation in which slaves and their owners continually renegotiated the terms of captivity. Slavery was thus made and remade by successive generations of Africans and African Americans who lived through settlement and adaptation, plantation life, economic transformations, revolution, forced migration, war, and ultimately, emancipation. Berlin's understanding of the processes that continually transformed the lives of slaves makes Generations of captivity essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of antebellum America. Connecting the "Charter Generation" to the development of Atlantic society in the seventeenth century, the "Plantation Generation" to the reconstruction of colonial society in the eighteenth century, the "Revolutionary Generation" to the Age of Revolutions, and the "Migration Generation" to American expansionism in the nineteenth century, Berlin integrates the history of slavery into the larger story of American life. He demonstrates how enslaved black people, by adapting to changing circumstances, prepared for the moment when they could seize liberty and declare themselves the "Freedom Generation." This epic story provides a rich understanding of the experience of African-American slaves, an experience that continues to mobilize American thought and passions today.
Authors: Berlin, Ira, 1941-
Title: Generations of captivity
a history of African-American slaves
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, c2003
Edition: First Harvard University Press paperback edition
Characteristics: 374 p. :,maps ;,24 cm
Contents: Prologue : slavery and freedom
Charter generations
Plantation generations
Revolutionary generations
Migration generations
Epilogue : freedom generations
Summary: In this book Ira Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its demise nearly three hundred years later. Most Americans, black and white, have a singular vision of slavery, one fixed in the mid-nineteenth century when most American slaves grew cotton, resided in the deep South, and subscribed to Christianity. Here, however, Berlin offers a major reinterpretation in which slaves and their owners continually renegotiated the terms of captivity. Slavery was thus made and remade by successive generations of Africans and African Americans who lived through settlement and adaptation, plantation life, economic transformations, revolution, forced migration, war, and ultimately, emancipation. Berlin's understanding of the processes that continually transformed the lives of slaves makes Generations of captivity essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of antebellum America. Connecting the "Charter Generation" to the development of Atlantic society in the seventeenth century, the "Plantation Generation" to the reconstruction of colonial society in the eighteenth century, the "Revolutionary Generation" to the Age of Revolutions, and the "Migration Generation" to American expansionism in the nineteenth century, Berlin integrates the history of slavery into the larger story of American life. He demonstrates how enslaved black people, by adapting to changing circumstances, prepared for the moment when they could seize liberty and declare themselves the "Freedom Generation." This epic story provides a rich understanding of the experience of African-American slaves, an experience that continues to mobilize American thought and passions today.
ISBN: 9780965706100
0965706109
9780674016248
0674016246
9780674010611
0674010612
Statement of Responsibility: Ira Berlin
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: African Americans History African Americans History 19th century African Americans History 18th century Slave trade Africa History 17th century Slaves United States History Slavery United States History
Topical Term: African Americans
African Americans
African Americans
Slave trade
Slaves
Slavery
Additional Physical Form Entry: Online version: Berlin, Ira, 1941- Generations of captivity. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003 (OCoLC)607810179
Online version: Berlin, Ira, 1941- Generations of captivity. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003 (OCoLC)606935105
LCCN: 2002028142
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