This landmark history of slavery in the South—a winner of the Bancroft Prize—challenged conventional views of slaves by illuminating the many forms of resistance to dehumanization that developed in slave society.
Rather than emphasizing the cruelty and degradation of slavery, historian Eugene Genovese investigates the ways that slaves forced their owners to acknowledge their humanity through culture, music, and religion. Not merely passive victims, the slaves in this account actively engaged with the paternalism of slaveholding culture in ways that supported their self-respect and aspirations for freedom. Roll, Jordan, Roll covers a vast range of subjects, from slave weddings and funerals, to the language, food, clothing, and labor of slaves, and places particular emphasis on religion as both a major battleground for psychological control and a paradoxical source of spiritual strength. Displaying keen insight into the minds of both slaves and slaveholders, Roll, Jordan, Roll is a testament to the power of the human spirit under conditions of extreme oppression.
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This weighty book intends to ""tell the story of slave life as carefully and accurately as possible."" Less given over to theoretical and topical polemic than Genovese's earlier works on Southern slavery, it is by no means a catalogue.Oct 03 1974 | Read Full Review of Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World...
Most readers of Genovese’s Roll, Jordan, Roll or Fox-Genovese’s forthcoming study Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South (University of North Carolina Press, 1988) will be hard pressed to find what Kazin says is the implication that “peasants, slaves, and factory ...Nov 24 1988 | Read Full Review of Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World...
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