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In this engaging book, David Brion Davis offers an illuminating perspective on American slavery. Starting with a long view across the temporal and spatial boundaries of world slavery, he traces continuities from the ancient world to the era of exploration, with its expanding markets and rise in consumption of such products as sugar, tobacco, spices and chocolate, to the conditions of the New World settlement that gave rise to a dependence on the forced labour of millions of African slaves. With the American Revolution, slavery crossed another kind of boundary, in a psychological inversion that placed black slaves outside the dream of liberty and equality - and turned them into the Great American Problem.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674019850
ISBN-10: 0674019857
Format: Paperback
(171mm x 100mm x 11mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Brion Davis

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History, Emeritus, and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

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