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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Domonique rated it it was amazing Oct 28, Toward a Human Geography of U.

The Slave Community Cover of the revised edition. A must-read for anyone studying slavery or slave communities.

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

This is one of the watershed works concerning slavery in the US – one of the first that acknowledged the agency of the slaves themselves through casual resistance. University of North Carolina Press,p.

There was, however, little discussion of the reciprocal activities of slave women. African-American scholar John Blassingame enriches our understanding of the antebellum south by examining one section of society historians ths previously ignored, or burdened with stereotypes — the slave community. Greenwood Press,pp.

Journal of American History 70 December When the autobiographies are accepted both as records of the unique experiences of each individual author and as eyewitness accounts of several slave communities, they are clearly “representative”. US Higher Education Not for profit. RawickFrom Sunup to Sundown: While ministers preached obedience in the presence of the slaveowners and other whites, slaves often met in secret, “invisible” services unsupervised by whites. Sambo, Nat, and Jack.

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The Slave Community

Genovese and Earl E. Blassingame asserts that slave parents attempted to shield infants and young children from the brutality of the plantation. Contemporaries often have xlave greater appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of statistics than do the scholars who utilize them decades after they are compiled.

Blassingame explains, “Our sense of self-esteem is heightened or lowered by our perception of the images others have of us.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

I particularly like how it delves into resistance by African slaves and their defense to retain their identity in culture along with stereotypes and justifications that whites used for slavery and how they contradicted themselves.

It’s a much more com This book should be required reading in history classes in high schools, I think. I think this book is really good.

In a edition of Roll, Jordan, RollEugene Genovese explains that Blassingame’s book “demonstrates that the published accounts of runaway slaves can be illuminating”.

Community most personal documents, the autobiography provides a window to the larger world.

Retrieved from ” https: Like a man whistling in the dark to bolster his courage, the white man had to portray the slave as Sambo. The family was, in short, an important survival mechanism. A good book for the researcher and enthusiast. A very readable look at slave culture, arguing that American slaves retained and adapted many African folkways up through the time of the Civil War.

Revisiting Blassingame’s The Slave Community: He notes that arguments against the use of these autobiographies used by historians revolve around reliability: Reviews in American History 1 December Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll: While he admits that “slave interviews rival autobiographies in their revelations about the internal dynamics of bondage, We have had very largely a male-dominated literature about slavery.


Africans would enslave other Africans.

Hanging Bridge Jason Morgan Ward. As historian George P. Evaluating the influence of heritage upon transported Africans allows Blassingame to explain slave acculturation within American society. Du Bois, and Lawrence Bobo.

Larry rated it it was amazing Jan blasdingame, Jonathan Brantley rated it really liked it Dec 10, Some masters were kind, and some were cruel, and some wavered between both, and some slaves adapted, and some didn’t, and some abolitionists were accurate, and some twisted the truth, and it’s not that he is not right, but the frequent see-sawing leaves a feeling that you aren’t really getting anywhere.

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Whether compiled by planters, doctors, clergymen, army officers, or census takers, statistics on slavery mean little until combined with literary material. Other misinterpretations of black culture come from African-Americans themselves.

As Christian missionaries and slaveowners attempted to erase African religious and spiritual beliefs, Blassingame argues that “in the United States, many African blassingae rites were fused into one— voodoo. He never mentions receiving schooling of any significance, yet his autobiography is written in a grammatically correct and formal manner.

Instruments reproduced by slaves include drums, three-stringed banjos, fommunity rattles, and mandolins.

Sarah Jones rated it really liked it Aug 12, In The Slave CommunityBlassingame argues that “historians have never kohn explored the life experiences of American slaves. George rated it liked it Aug 24,