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From Homicide to Slavery : Studies in American Culture - David Brion Davis

From Homicide to Slavery

Studies in American Culture

Paperback Published: 19th October 1988
ISBN: 9780195054187
Number Of Pages: 320

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For more than twenty years David Brion Davis has been recognized as a leading authority on the moral and ideological responses to slavery in the Western world. From Homicide to Slavery, Davis's first book of collected essays, brings together selections reflecting his wide-ranging interests in colonial history, Afro-American history, the social sciences, and American literature. The essays are interconnected by Davis's central concern with violence, irrationality, and the definition of moral limits during a period when Americans believed they were breaking free from historical constraints and acquiring new powers of self-perfection. Topics range from a socially revealing murder trial in 1843 to debates over capital punishment, movements of counter-subversion, the iconography of race, the cowboy as an American hero, the portrayal of violence in American literature, the historiography of slavery, and the British and American antislavery movements.

"The outstanding historian of the dark underside of Western culture....Few historians have used such a breadth of sources or achieved such international vision....Even if his work were not of such substantive importance, this volume would deserve wide reading as a model of how history can and ought to be done."--The Historian "Anything Mr. Davis has to say on this subject is worth reading."--The New York Times Book Review. "One of the leading historians of our time....[The book] provides an impressive reminder that...Davis has produced a body of work that is remarkable for its range and its interdisciplinary concerns as well as for its depth and its sophistication."--Journal of American History "Illustrates the extraordinary range of Davis's interests and his astonishing versatility as a scholar....[A] splendid volume of provocative essays."--Church History "Having in a single volume Davis's work of more than thirty years...enables one easily to grasp Davis's range and his gifts as a historian, which are truly remarkable....These articles chart Davis's own intellectual journey from a consideration of violence in our national experience into the arena of conflicting loyalties through the space of the American West on to the position of slavery in the western world....This collection makes quite clear why David Brion Davis ranks as one of our most respected historians."--Georgia Historical Review "Students of slavery and abolition will find much new material and many fresh insights....Davis has once again produced a valuable guide to a large subject and a large literature."--Slavery and Abolition "[These essays] are rich in ideas, lean of prose, and the products of a first-rate mind."--Library Journal "David Brion Davis...ranks among the most successful practitioners of sophisticated popular history. From Homicide to Slavery is a worthy testament to more than 20 years' study of America's cultural past....An eloquent union of social and scholarly commitments."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "The outstanding historian of the dark underside of Western culture....Few historians have used such a breadth of sources or achieved such international vision....Even if his work were not of such substantive importance, this volume would deserve wide reading as a model of how history can and ought to be done."--The Historian "Anything Mr. Davis has to say on this subject is worth reading."--The New York Times Book Review. "One of the leading historians of our time....[The book] provides an impressive reminder that...Davis has produced a body of work that is remarkable for its range and its interdisciplinary concerns as well as for its depth and its sophistication."--Journal of American History "Illustrates the extraordinary range of Davis's interests and his astonishing versatility as a scholar....[A] splendid volume of provocative essays."--Church History "Having in a single volume Davis's work of more than thirty years...enables one easily to grasp Davis's range and his gifts as a historian, which are truly remarkable....These articles chart Davis's own intellectual journey from a consideration of violence in our national experience into the arena of conflicting loyalties through the space of the American West on to the position of slavery in the western world....This collection makes quite clear why David Brion Davis ranks as one of our most respected historians."--Georgia Historical Review "Students of slavery and abolition will find much new material and many fresh insights....Davis has once again produced a valuable guide to a large subject and a large literature."--Slavery and Abolition "[These essays] are rich in ideas, lean of prose, and the products of a first-rate mind."--Library Journal "David Brion Davis...ranks among the most successful practitioners of sophisticated popular history. From Homicide to Slavery is a worthy testament to more than 20 years' study of America's cultural past....An eloquent union of social and scholarly commitments."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

Violence and Virility in American Culture
Murder in New Hampshirep. 3
The Movement To Abolish Capital Punishment in America, 1787-1861p. 17
Violence in American Literaturep. 41
Stress-Seeking and the Self-Made Man in American Literature, 1894-1914p. 52
The Redeeming West
Ten-Gallon Herop. 75
The Deerslayer, A Democratic Knight of the Wilderness: Cooper, 1841p. 90
Marlboro Countryp. 104
Secrets of the Mormonsp. 113
Problems of Loyalty and Identity
Patricide and Regicidep. 127
Some Themes of Counter-Subversion: An Analysis of Anti-Masonic, Anti-Catholic, and Anti-Mormon Literaturep. 137
Some Ideological Functions of Prejudice in Ante-Bellum Americap. 155
The American Family and Boundaries in Historical Perspectivep. 166
Studies in Slavery and Antislavery
Slavery, and the Post-World War II Historiansp. 187
Of Human Bondagep. 207
Out of the Shadowsp. 218
New Sidelights on Early Antislavery Radicalismp. 228
The Emergence of Immediatism in British and American Antislavery Thoughtp. 238
James Cropper and the British Anti-Slavery Movement
1821-23p. 258
1823-33p. 273
American Slavery and the American Revolutionp. 290
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ISBN: 9780195054187
ISBN-10: 0195054180
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 19th October 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.23 x 17.78  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.27