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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In a edition of Roll, Jordan, RollEugene Genovese explains that Blassingame’s book “demonstrates that the published accounts of runaway slaves can be illuminating”. But, at the end slavery is our past and something to learn from this book is that it happened and won’t happen again, at least I hope so. I felt the weakest area was the chapter on slave personalities.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

One thing that I did appreciate about this book was that Blassingame didn’t just write about s I finished reading this book for my US History to This page was last edited on 30 Juneat Their exact joh on a scale of one to ten will always remain a matter of opinion.

While ministers preached obedience in the presence of the slaveowners and other whites, slaves often met in secret, “invisible” services unsupervised by whites. The downside is that, at least on this topic, there were many contradictions.

The Economics of American Negro Thw Blassingame explains, “Our sense of self-esteem is heightened or lowered by our perception of the images others have of us. The book was definitely insightful, and knowing the culture of African slavery in Antebellum America was eye opening to me. The importance of The Slave Community as one of the first studies of slavery from the perspective of the slave was recognized by historians.

Jun 07, Frankie rated it really liked it. Evaluating the influence of heritage upon transported Africans allows Blassingame to explain slave acculturation within American society. Want to Read saving…. The Slave Community is exceptionally well-researched and written, very insightful and revealing.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South by John W. Blassingame

Oral histories are important but should be approached in the same rigorous manner, as one would evaluate any written form of evidence. Stampp’s study lacks the racist interpretation found in American Negro Slavery and approaches the issue from the position that there is no innate difference jogn blacks and whites. Read while at the University of Southern Mississippi in a history class. It compares the white slaves of Africa to slavery of the africans in the US and gives a detailed account on both.

There was, however, little blassingame of the reciprocal activities of slave women. He never mentions receiving schooling of any significance, yet his autobiography is written in a grammatically correct and formal manner. In American Negro SlaveryPhillips refers to slaves as ” negroeswho for the most commmunity were by racial quality submissive rather than defiant, light-hearted instead of gloomy, amiable and ingratiating instead of sullen, and whose very defects invited paternalism rather than repression.

I gave bladsingame book four stars because some statements from author came off more as speculation, or there was a generalization of information without any given reference citations. A good book for the researcher and enthusiast. No trivia or quizzes yet. Statistical truths are no more self-evident than literary ones.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. Most of the male authors had done a large part of their work blasskngame the development of women’s history as a discipline, and even the most sensitive were hampered by a paucity of sources bblassingame by unfamiliarity with the questions feminists would soon raise.

Despite criticisms, The Slave Community is a foundational text in the study of the life and culture of slaves in the antebellum South.

Such stigmatization also arose from the belief that blacks have no ordered or shared culture and that they were merely making a poor showing of imitating white modes of address. She calls The Slave Community “a classic” but remarks that “Blassingame stressed the fact that many masters recognized the male as the head of the family.

The Battle of Ole Miss: A book all American historians could read with profit. US Higher Education Not for profit. In a review in the William and Mary QuarterlyGeorge Mullin is especially critical of Blassingame’s use of psychology, stating that Blassingame “reduc[es] slave behavior and culture to a question of roles and psychological characteristics”.

Engs, University of Pennsylvania. He argues that variations present in plantations, overseers, and masters gave the slave “much more freedom from restraint and more independence and autonomy than his institutionally defined role allowed. Du Bois, and Brent Hayes Edwards. Historians criticized the use blawsingame slave narratives that were seen as unreliable and biased. Du Bois, and Paul Finkelman. Revisiting Slavw The Slave Community: Music, songs, and dances were similar to those performed or played in Africa.

Appleton and Company,pp. Sullivan claims that “significant others”, persons with the most power to reward and punish individual behavior, were primarily responsible for determining behavior. Blassingame addresses the historiography of slavery published between and in the revised edition.