Soul by Soul
Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market
By (author) Walter Johnson
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Soul by Soul by Walter Johnson
Book DescriptionThis work tells the story of slavery in antebellum America by moving away from the cotton plantations and into the slave market itself, the heart of the domestic slave trade. Taking the reader inside the New Orleans slave market, the largest in the nation, where 100,000 men, women, and children were packaged, priced and sold, the author transforms the statistics of this chilling trade into the human drama of traders, buyers, and slaves, negotiating sales that would alter the life of each. What emerges is not only the brutal economics of trading but the vast interdependencies among those involved. Using recently discovered material, Johnson reveals the tenuous shifts of power that occurred in the market's slave coffles and showrooms. Traders packaged their slaves by "feeding them up", dressing them well, and oiling their bodies. Johnson depicts the subtle interrelation of capitalism, paternalism, class consciousness, racism and resistance in the slave market.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674005396
(235mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Walter Johnson
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Chattel Principle, Paperback (March 2005)» View all books by Walter Johnson
This title presents an account of the slave trade within the nations and colonial systems of the Americas. The essays in this volume focus on the slave trades within Brazil, the West Indies, and the Southern states of the United States after the closing of the Atlantic slave trade.
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Author Biography - Walter Johnson
Walter Johnson is Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
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