Generations of Captivity

Generations of Captivity

A History of African-American Slaves

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Harvard University Press

Ira Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its fiery demise nearly three hundred years later.

Most Americans, black and white, have a singular vision of slavery, one fixed in the mid-nineteenth century when most American slaves grew cotton, resided in the deep South, and subscribed to Christianity. Here, however, Berlin offers a dynamic vision, a major reinterpretation in which slaves and their owners continually renegotiated the terms of captivity. Slavery was thus made and remade by successive generations of Africans and African Americans who lived through settlement and adaptation, plantation life, economic transformations, revolution, forced migration, war, and ultimately, emancipation.

Berlin's understanding of the processes that continually transformed the lives of slaves makes Generations of Captivity essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of antebellum America. Connecting the "Charter Generation" to the development of Atlantic society in the seventeenth century, the "Plantation Generation" to the reconstruction of colonial society in the eighteenth century, the "Revolutionary Generation" to the Age of Revolutions, and the "Migration Generation" to American expansionism in the nineteenth century, Berlin integrates the history of slavery into the larger story of American life. He demonstrates how enslaved black people, by adapting to changing circumstances, prepared for the moment when they could seize liberty and declare themselves the "Freedom Generation."

This epic story, told by a master historian, provides a rich understanding of the experience of African-American slaves, an experience that continues to mobilize American thought and passions today.



Baker & Taylor
A comprehensive account of slavery in America retraces the entire tragic history of this terrible institution on the nation, from its origins in the seventeeth century to its eventual destruction during the Civil War.

Blackwell North Amer
Ira Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its fiery demise nearly three hundred years later.
Generations of Captivity is essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution and transformation of antebellum America. Connecting the Charter Generations of slaves to the development of Atlantic society in the seventeenth century, the Plantation Generations to the reconstruction of the colonial society in the eighteenth century, the Revolutionary Generations to the Age of Revolution, and the Migration Generations to American expansionism in the nineteenth century, Berlin integrates the history of slavery into the larger story of American life. He demonstrates how enslaved black people, through constant struggle, prepared for the moment when they could seize liberty and declare themselves Freedom Generations.

Baker
& Taylor

A comprehensive account of slavery in America retraces the history of this institution, from its origins in the seventeenth century to its eventual destruction during the Civil War.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780674010611
0674010612
Branch Call Number: 973.0496073 Berlin 2003
Characteristics: 374 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Apr 20, 2015

This is a work of masterpiece, Ira Berlin demonstrated each generations of history throughout great in-depth analysis and offers rich historical information, very beautifully captured the historical event regarding the lives of colonial African-American slavery. This book definitely the perfect book to read, very enjoyable for those who are history nerds xD

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