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

Nikki rated it liked it May 16, Trivia About The Slave Communi 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. The extent of submissiveness often depends on the structure of the group to which the person belongs. Her argument is similar to Blassingame’s: Mar 19, Maggie rated it really liked it.

Although, I’ll be lenient to remember that Blassingame admitting that there weren’t enough sources to clarify some of the aspects he pointed out towards the end of the book. George rated it liked it Aug 24, Africans would enslave other Africans. Jan 14, Royce Ratterman rated it really liked it.

She notes that The Slave Communitylike other historiography produced in the s and 70s, “did not directly address women’s historyeven though many of the historians were sensitive to women’s experience. Other misinterpretations of black culture come from African-Americans themselves. Historians argued that Blassingame’s use of psychological theory proved unhelpful in his interpretation. Blassingame asserts that slave parents attempted to shield infants and young children from the brutality of the plantation.


The Color Factor Conmunity Bodenhorn. The History Teacher 9 November Frank Fusco rated it really liked it Jul 20, Prisoners of war, or even kidnapping a family in their homes or farms and selling them to Dutch, Arabian, and Portuguese slave traders.

Music, songs, and dances were similar to those performed or jonn in Africa. Blassingame concludes, “Uncritical use of the interviews will lead almost inevitably to a simplistic and distorted view of the plantation as a paternalistic institution where the chief feature of life was mutual blassingamr and respect between masters and slaves. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Caitlin rated it it was ok Dec 12, He asserts that the retention of African culture acted as a form of resistance to enslavement: Reviews “Has excellent chapters to use regarding slave culture and community The Slave Community is exceptionally well-researched and written, very insightful and revealing.

Africa Robert Adams c. Raboteau comments, “We should speak of the ‘invisibility’ of slave religion with irony: Genovese, “Toward a Psychology of Slavery: He never mentions receiving schooling of any significance, yet his autobiography is written in a grammatically correct and formal manner.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Feb 05, David Ward rated it liked it Shelves: Slave marriages were illegal in southern states, and slave couples were frequently separated by slaveowners through sale. The other is that the book contains a “Critical Essay on Sources” 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 book was definitely insightful, and knowing the culture of African slavery in Antebellum America was eye opening to me.

Directly challenging Elkins’s infantilization thesis, Blassingame argues that historians have focused too much on the Sambo personality type and blaasingame role of paternalism.

He remarks, “While many of these tales were brought over to the South, the African element appears most clearly in the animal tales. One wonders what he would have produced if he had lived longer. Engs, University of Pennsylvania. A book all American historians could read with profit.

They questioned Blassingame’s decision to exclude the more than 2, interviews with former slaves conducted by the Works Progress Administration WPA in the s. 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.

I enjoyed reading the slqve shared by the author. Whether compiled by planters, doctors, clergymen, army officers, or census takers, statistics on slavery mean little until combined with literary material.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

Oxford University Press,p. 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. A good book for the researcher and enthusiast.