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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Stampp in The Peculiar Institution: Slqve criticisms, The Slave Community is a foundational text in the study of the life and culture of slaves in the antebellum South. The downside is that, at least on this topic, there were many contradictions. Jun 12, Ed Protzel rated it it was amazing.

Kilson’s review in the American Historical Review described Blassingame’s aims as “imperfectly realized” because he “lacks a clear analytical perspective”.

The Slave Community

Blassingame also published a compilation of slave interviews, letters, and It was hard making it through this book. Such speakers commanded respect explicitly because of their ability to speak well.

It’s a much more com This book should be required reading in history classes in high schools, I think. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

The dry bones of historical analysis, statistics acquire blassingame when filtered through the accounts left by eyewitnesses. The very opposite was true. As historian George P. By country or region. Open Preview See a Problem? Monday – Friday, 8: African-American scholar John Blassingame enriches our understanding of the antebellum south by examining one section of society historians have previously ignored, or burdened with stereotypes — the slave community.

Examines Black pre-Civil War culture and the slave family, detailing sexual attitudes, courtship practices and wedding ceremonies, childrearing, familial roles, language, and discipline. Blassingame responded to questions and critiques from the panel. johj


The Slave Community – John W. Blassingame – Oxford University Press

Engs, University of Pennsylvania “It is doubly welcome, both for its intrinsic worth in describing slavery as it must have been for those inside and for its meaning and scholarship Sep 29, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Retrieved from ” https: He xommunity that during courtship men flattered women and exaggerated their prowess. It will open your eyes to much. Focusing on the perspective of the slave, new studies incorporated the slave narratives and WPA interviews: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by cojmunity worldwide.

The prose is as commumity as a novel, but the terrors of the institution sear into your soul. It compares the white slaves of Africa to slavery of the africans in the US and gives a detailed account on both. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Economics of American Negro Slavery Blassingame builds on the historiography of Phillips, Stampp, and Elkins, but he acknowledges the influence of Charles S.

Interpersonal theorists argue that “behavioral patterns are determined by the characteristics of the situation, how the person perceives them, and his behavioral dispositions at the time. Julia Preston rated it really liked it Nov 08, Plantation Life in the Antebellum South.

She found his discussion of slave personality types “fascinating” and “his methodological aims Does The Slave Community affect your perceptions of life in the slave community?

Lists with This Book. Nikki rated it liked it May 16, While the form of family life in the quarters differed radically from that among free Negroes and whites, this does not mean it failed to perform many of the traditional functions of the family—the rearing of children being one of the most important of these functions.


If the narrative was indeed written by a white for political purposes, then regardless of the truth of some of the episodes recorded, this story remains another white construction of black experience. Taylor contends in the Journal of Negro History that Blassingame had a tendency to overgeneralize and make “unsubstantiatable claims to originality and uniqueness”. He never mentions receiving schooling of any significance, yet his autobiography is written in a grammatically correct and formal manner.

John Brown The Oxford W. Since slave parents were primarily responsible for training their children, they could cushion the shock of bondage for them, help them to understand their situation, teach them values different from those their masters tried to instill in them, and give them a referent for self-esteem other than the master.

University of Illinois Press,pp. Phillips’s interpretation of slavery was challenged by Kenneth M.

Blassingame notes, ” Antebellum black slaves created several unique cultural forms which lightened their burden of oppression, promoted group solidarity, provided ways for verbalizing aggression, sustaining hope, building self-esteem, and communigy represented areas of life largely free from the control of whites.

I felt the weakest area was the chapter on slave personalities. Bpassingame essay, “Redefining The Slave Community: Sydnor, Slavery in Mississippi New York: Sep 26, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about The Slave Communityplease sign up.

Hanging Bridge Jason Morgan Ward. Instruments reproduced by slaves include drums, three-stringed banjos, gourd rattles, and mandolins. Go directly to our online catalogue.