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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Historians argued that Blassingame’s use of psychological theory proved unhelpful in his interpretation. I gave the 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.
Skip to main content. Published init is one of the first historical studies of slavery in the United States johb be presented from the perspective of the enslaved. Americans and the California Dream, Kevin Starr. Directly challenging Elkins’s infantilization thesis, Blassingame argues that historians have focused too much on the Sambo personality type and the role of paternalism.
The Slave Community – John W. Blassingame – Oxford University Press
The most useful volume available as a college text giving a ‘black perspective’ on the slave experience. While ministers preached obedience in the presence of the slaveowners and other whites, slaves often met in secret, “invisible” services unsupervised by whites. Blassingame kept in mind that plantations and slavery was going on in Latin America, and the Caribbean Islands. One wonders what he would have produced if he had lived longer. Blassingame responded to questions and critiques from the panel.
Ulrich Bonnell Phillips wrote the first major historical study of the 20th century dealing with slavery. Thorpe praised Blassingame for his use of psychological theory, but admit they prefer Freudian and Marxist interpretations over Sullivanian theory.
Blassingame’s essay, “Redefining The Slave Community: 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”.
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The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South
Joun in The Peculiar Institution: The Color Factor Howard Bodenhorn. Their exact location on a scale of one to ten will always remain a matter of opinion. Blassingame contends that historians have “deliberately ignored” autobiographies of ex-slaves, particularly the fugitive slave narratives. Levine ‘s Black Culture and Black Consciousness: I only read pgs. Despite criticisms, The Slave Community is a foundational text in the study of the life and culture of slaves in the antebellum South.
The Slave Community – Paperback – John W. Blassingame – Oxford University Press
Taking into th 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.
See 1 question about The Slave Community…. Other misinterpretations of black culture come from African-Americans themselves.
Du Bois, and Manning Marable. A good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Music, songs, and dances were similar to those performed or played in Africa. Although, I’ll be lenient to remember that Blassingame admitting that there weren’t enough sources to clarify some of ghe aspects he pointed out towards the end of the book. We have had very largely a male-dominated literature about slavery. The Scholars Responded. Rawick noted inhowever, that the criticism “should not obscure the fact that [Blassingame’s] book blassingamr of such joohn as to warrant spending our time criticizing it four years after its publication.
Her argument is similar to Blassingame’s: Kilson believes that Blassingame ultimately failed in his analysis because “his intellectual integration of social and psychological orientations has yet to be fully achieved.
The Slave Community
It is a fast read, it’s like a novel and very illustrious accoun I think this book is really good. Although African American academics such as W. Thorpe, ” The Slave Community: 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 I remember learning about slavery in high school, but that didn’t even scratch the surface.
Slave marriages were illegal in southern states, and slave couples were frequently separated by slaveowners through sale.
She calls The Slzve Community “a classic” but remarks that “Blassingame stressed the fact that many masters recognized the male as the head of the family. Stanley Elkins and His Critics