American Slavery, 1619-1877 by Peter Kolchin

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A concise, engaging overview of American slavery from the beginning of the colonial era to emancipation and its aftermath. Kolchin takes a broad geographical perspective, putting American slavery in the context of a general trend toward use of forced labor on the periphery of an expanding Europe.This incisive synthesis fills a major gap for the general reader and for historians, who will find it both stimulating and appealing.

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Peter Kolchin, professor of history at the University of Delaware, is the author of First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama's Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction (1972) and Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987), which won the prestigious Bancroft Prize for 1988
Published June 1, 1993 by Hill and Wang. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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In a lively interpretive history, Kolchin (History/Univ. of Delaware) succinctly traces America's institution of slavery from its Colonial beginnings to the Reconstruction era.

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