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Society and Culture in the Slave South : Rewriting Histories - J. William Harris

Society and Culture in the Slave South

Rewriting Histories

By: J. William Harris (Editor)

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Published: 3rd December 1992
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Combining established work with that of recent provocative scholarship on the antebellum South, this collection of essays puts students in touch with some of the central debates in this dynamic area. It includes substantial excerpts from the work of Eugene Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, who lay out the influential interpretation of the South as a "paternalistic " society and culture, and contributions from more recent scholars who provide dissenting or alternative interpretations of the relations between masters and slaves, men and women. The essays draw on a wide range of disciplines, including economics, psychology and anthropology to investigate the nature of plantation and family life.
Contributions by established scholars include Bertram Wyatt-Brown's provocative essay on slave psychology, excerpts from Sterling Stuckey's analysis of the African roots of slave religion and folklore, and Robert William Fogel's newest synthesis of the work on the economics of slavery. Essays by younger historians, including Deborah White, Joan Cashin, Norrence T. Jones, Jr. and Seven M. Stowe probe family relationships among whites and blacks on slave plantations.

"This collection should quickly become widely adopted...it offers an excellent selection of the very best recent scholarship in the field." -Kenneth S. Greenberg, Suffolk University, Boston "A very useful collection of articles that highlights some of the principle debates in the history of the Old South." -Drew Faust, University of Pennsylvania

The Slave South as a Paternalist Society
"The Fruits of Merchant Capital"
"Within the Plantation Household: Women in a Paternalist System"
Masters and Slaves
"A Flexible, Highly Developed Form of Capitalism"
"Slavery and the Circle of Culture"
"The Mask of Obedience: Male Slave Psychology in the Old South"
"The Black Family as a Mechanism of Planter Control"
Women and Men
"Love and Biography: Three Courtships"
"Women and the Search for Manly Independence
"Female Slaves: Sex Roles and Status in the Antebellum Plantation South
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ISBN: 9780415070546
ISBN-10: 0415070546
Series: Rewriting Histories
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3rd December 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1