Roll, Jordan, Roll by Eugene D. Genovese
The World the Slaves Made (Vintage)

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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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About Eugene D. Genovese

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Eugene D. Genovese is a retired professor of history. He served as chair of the Department of History at the University of Rochester and taught at other institutions. He also served as president of the Organization of American Historians and of The Historical Society and he was a member of the Executive Council of the American Historical Society. He is the author of nine other books, most recently Miss Betsey: A Memoir of Marriage. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (1941-2007) was Eleonore Raoul Professor of Humanities at Emory University, where she was founding director of Women's Studies. She served on the Governing Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities (2002-2007). In 2003, President George W. Bush awarded her a National Humanities Medal; the Georgia State Senate honored her with a special resolution for her contributions as a scholar, teacher and citizen of Georgia; and the fellowship of Catholic Scholars bestowed on her its Cardinal Wright Award. Among her books and published lectures are The Origins of Physiocracy: Economic Revolution and Social Order in Eighteenth-Century France; Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South; Feminism without Illusions: A Critique of Individualism; and Marriage: The Dream That Refuses to Die.
Published February 9, 2011 by Vintage. 849 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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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...

The New York Review of Books

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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