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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Raboteau comments, “We should speak of the ‘invisibility’ of slave religion with irony: He questions the reality of plantation paternalism described by Phillips: He remarks, “Nothing demonstrated his powerlessness as much as the slave’s inability to prevent the forcible sale of his wife and children.

Finally, slaveowners used the Sambo stereotype to alleviate their own fears and anxieties about the potential rebelliousness of their slaves. Children observed fathers demonstrating two behavioral types. Wilson Zamba Zembola b.

Feb 03, Liz added it Shelves: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Engs, University of Pennsylvania “It is doubly welcome, both for its intrinsic worth in describing slavery as it must have been for those inside and for its meaning and scholarship Most interestingly, Blassingame relates how black children conflated the wedding ritual and the post-nuptial jumping of the broom because their parents had used that particular metaphor when discussing past ceremonies.

Jewitt England — United Blaswingame. Julia Preston rated it really liked it Nov 08, Ulrich Bonnell Phillips wrote the first major historical study of the 20th century dealing with slavery.

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Jul 12, Johanna Haas rated it it was amazing. Sydnor, Slavery in Mississippi New York: Sydnor’s Slavery in MississippiOrville W. That blassinagme is always room for more study leads to another point. In a edition of Roll, Jordan, RollEugene Genovese explains that Blassingame’s book “demonstrates that the published accounts of runaway slaves can be illuminating”.


The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

Plantation Life in the Antebellum South. Like most personal documents, the autobiography provides a window to the larger world. George rated it liked it Aug 24, The importance of The Slave Community as one of the first studies of slavery from the perspective of the slave was recognized by historians.

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, acculturation, behavior, religion, and personality.

As Christian missionaries and slaveowners attempted to erase African religious and spiritual beliefs, Blassingame argues that “in the United States, many African religious rites were fused into one— voodoo. Blassingame explains, “Our sense of self-esteem is heightened or lowered by our perception of the images others have of us. Overview Ths Reviews and Awards. Taking into account the major recent studies, this volume presents jphn updated analysis of the life of the black slave–his African heritage, culture, family, acculturation, behavior, religion, and personality.

The Slave Community Cover of the revised edition. According to this theory, “a person’s behavior is generally determined by the socially defined roles or the behavioral patterns expected of him in certain situations.

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Trivia About The Slave Communi This page was last edited on 30 Juneat Sep 26, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: Still, Blassingame concludes that cross-cultural exchanges occurred on southern plantations, arguing that ” acculturation in the United States involved the mutual interaction between two cultures, with Europeans and Africans borrowing from each other.

There are many descriptions and facts that the author has provided. Slave marriages were illegal in southern states, and slave couples were frequently separated by slaveowners through sale.

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University of North Carolina Press,p. Blassingame wanted to “solve the myriad dilemmas posed by George Bentley”, but he also wanted to answer the questions, challenges, and critiques raised com,unity scholars since the publication of The Slave Community. Coming to find out what these men, women, and children shocked me. A New Deal for Blacks: In Search of the Promised Land: Read while at the University of Southern Mississippi in a history class.

The History Teacher 9 November ghe Stampp admits that “few ask what the slaves themselves thought of bondage. He observed that during courtship men flattered women and exaggerated their prowess. One wonders what he would have produced if he had lived longer.

Still, Blassingame’s conclusions, methodology, and sources received substantial criticism from historians. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

He never mentions receiving schooling of any significance, yet his autobiography is written in a grammatically correct and formal manner. Blassingame asserts that slave parents attempted to shield infants and young children from the brutality of the plantation. Blassingame defended his conclusions at a meeting of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History and in published a revised and enlarged edition of The Slave Community.

Southern writers felt a need to defend slavery from allegations of abuse and brutality leveled by northern abolitionists, so Sambo became a common portrayal to justify and explain communit need for plantation paternalism.

Nikki rated it liked it May 16, An interdisciplinary journal about the regions, places, and cultures of the American South Kolchin, Peter. The only weakness about this book is that it was written a while ago, and could use a solid updating. Kilson’s review in the American Historical Review described Blassingame’s aims as “imperfectly realized” because he “lacks a clear analytical perspective”.