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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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.

The Slave Community – Paperback – John W. Blassingame – Oxford University Press

A book all American historians could read with profit. He remarks, “Nothing demonstrated his powerlessness as much as the slave’s inability to prevent the forcible sale of his wife and children. He asserts that the retention of African culture acted as a form of resistance to enslavement: Reviews in American History 1 December Stampp in The Peculiar Institution: In The History TeacherKeith Polakoff comments that “only with the publication of Blassingame’s work do we obtain for the first time a detailed examination of the daily lives of the slaves on large plantations, with some intelligent speculation about the forces to which they were subjected.

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Blassingame, The Slave Community: Blassingame addresses the historiography of slavery published between and in the revised edition. Stampp admits that “few ask what the slaves themselves thought of bondage.


A good book about the south and having lived there all my lift I thought it was a fair discussion. A very readable look at slave culture, arguing that American slaves retained and adapted many African folkways up through the time of the Civil War. Historians argued that Blassingame’s use of psychological theory proved unhelpful in his interpretation.

A must-read com,unity anyone studying slavery or slave communities. Denise rated it really liked it Sep 26, Historians who continued to accept the one dimensional racial stereotyping of blacks presented their readers with a faulty view of antebellum black and white society.

Vintage Books,p. Oxford University Press, Other misinterpretations of black culture come from African-Americans themselves. I felt the weakest area was the chapter on slave personalities. The most useful volume available as a college text giving a ‘black perspective’ on blassingxme slave experience. We all know that slavery is horrible and should have never come to pass, but this goes into details that are skipped over in the typical overview of American history.

This subject is very interesting to me. Sep 29, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Oxford University Press is a department of the Blaseingame of Oxford.

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Sep 19, Lucia rated it it was amazing. Rawick noted inhowever, that the criticism “should not obscure the fact that [Blassingame’s] book was of such merit as to warrant spending our time criticizing it four years after its publication. 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.


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The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

Blassingame concludes that there were a variety of personality types exhibited by slaves positioned on a scale between the two extremes of Sambo and Nat. Unfortunately, one of the documents from which he most often quotes has suffered some controversy of late. In The Slave CommunityBlassingame uses psychologist Harry Stack Sullivan ‘s interpersonal theory to interpret the behavior of slaves on antebellum plantations.

A book all American historians communitt read with profit. Her argument is similar to Blassingame’s: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Fyf Fafi rated it it was amazing Aug 29, These two societies did not operate discretely, but rather cpmmunity upon a shared economic system, if nothing else.

The fhe is that the book contains a “Critical Essay on Blassjngame which is great, not just for the wide selection of sources but also for the explanation of the criteria used in determining how much trust to place in any given account.

The Economics of American Negro Slavery Despite criticisms, The Slave Community is a foundational text in the study of the life and culture of slaves in the antebellum South. Slavr the narrative was indeed written by a white for political purposes, then regardless of the truth of some of the episodes recorded, this story remains another white construction of black experience.