Generations of Captivity
A History of African-American Slaves
By (author) Ira Berlin
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Generations of Captivity by Ira Berlin
Book DescriptionIra Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its fiery 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 dynamic vision, 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, told by a master historian, provides a rich understanding of the experience of African-American slaves, an experience that continues to mobilize American thought and passions today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674016248
(235mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Ira Berlin offers a framework for understanding slavery s demise in the United States. Emancipation was not an occasion but a century-long process of brutal struggle by generations of African Americans who were not naive about the price of freedom. Just as slavery was initiated and maintained by violence, undoing slavery also required violence."
Freedom: Volume 3, Series 1: The Wartime Genesis of Free Labour: The Lower South, Paperback (July 2012)
This 1991 volume of Freedom presents a documentary history of the emergence of free-labor relations in the large plantation areas of the Lower South.
Freedom: Volume 2, Series 1: the Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: the Upper South, Paperback (July 2012)» View all books by Ira Berlin
This 1993 volume of Freedom presents a history of the emergence of free-labor relations in different settings in the Upper South.
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Author Biography - Ira Berlin
Ira Berlin is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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