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January 22 Introduction
January 24 Old World Slavery
  • •Igor Kopytoff and Suzanne Miers, "African 'Slavery' as an Institution of Marginality," in Slavery in Africa: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1977). (R)
  • •Orlando Patterson, "Slavery and Social Death," in Lawrence B. Goodheart, Richard D. Brown, and Stephen G. Rabe, eds., Slavery in American Society, 3rd ed. (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath and Co., 1993), 3-12.
January 29 The Expansion of Europe
  • •Paul Kennedy, "The Rise of the Western World," in The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000 (New York: Random House, 1987), 3-30. (R)
  • •Curtin, Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex, ch. 1
January 31 Experiments in the "Fortunate" Isles
  • •Alfred Crosby, "The Fortunate Isles," in Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (1986; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991). (R)
  • •Curtin, Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex, ch. 2.
February 5 In the New World
  • •Ira Berlin, "From Creole to African: Atlantic Creoles and the Origins of African-American Society in Mainland North America," William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser. 53 (1996), 251-88. (Jstor)
  • •David Brion Davis, "Sugar and Slavery from the Old World to the New World," in David Northrup, ed., The Atlantic Slave Trade (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath and Co., 1994), 25-36.
February 7 Race and slavery
  • •Winthrop D. Jordan, "The Simultaneous Invention of Slavery and Racism" in Northup, ed., The Atlantic Slave Trade, 12-24.
  • •Eric Williams, "Economics, not Racism, as the Root of Slavery," in Northup, ed., The Atlantic Slave Trade, 3-11.
  • •Winthrop Jordan, "American Chiaroscuro: The Status and Definition of Mulattoes in the British Colonies," William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 19 (1962), 183-200. (Jstor)
February 12 The Middle Passage
  • •Northup, ed., The Atlantic Slave Trade, 133-74.
  • •Curtin, Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex, ch. 3.
February 14 Eighteenth-century plantation systems
  • •Curtin, Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex, chs. 4, 6.
  • •Ira Berlin, "Time, Space, and the Evolution of African-American Society," in Slavery in American Society 34-68.
February 19 Slavery: "personality" and law
  • •Frank Tannenbaum, Slave and Citizen (1946; Boston: Beacon Press, 1992).
February 21 Slavery: "personality" and control
  • •Stanley M. Elkins, Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1959), ch. 3. (R)
  • •E. Franklin Frazier, "Significance of the African Background," in The Negro in the United States, rev. ed. (New York: MacMillan, 1957). (R)
February 26 Slavery: "paternalism" and control
  • •Eugene D. Genovese, "On Paternalism," in Goodheart, et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 13-20.
  • •Drew G. Faust, "Slave Management," in Goodheart, et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 237-46.
February 28 Culture: theories of acculturation
  • •Sidney W. Mintz and Richard Price, The Birth of African-American Culture: An Anthropological Perspective (1976; Boston: Beacon Press, 1992), read through ch. 3.
  • •Video: "Bahia: Africa in the Americas"
March 5 Culture: religion
  • •Sidney W. Mintz and Richard Price, The Birth of African-American Culture: An Anthropological Perspective (1976; Boston: Beacon Press, 1992), chs. 4-5
  • •Video: "Voices of the Orishas"
March 7 Culture: family and women
  • •Mintz and Price, The Birth of African-American Culture, chs. 6-end.
  • •Herbert Gutman, "Family Life," in Slavery in American Society, 161-66.
March 26 Culture: community and autonomy
  • •Peter Kolchin, "Reevaluating the Antebelllum Slave Community: A Comparative Perspective" Journal of American History 70:3 (December 1983), 579-601 (Jstor).
March 28 Social structure and stratification
  • •David W. Cohen and Jack P. Greene, "Introduction," in Neither Slave Nor Free: The Freedmen of African Descent in the Slave Societies of the New World (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1972), 1-18. (R)
  • •Carl N. Degler, "Slavery in Brazil and the United States: An Essay in Comparative History," American Historical Review 75 (1970), 1004-28. (Jstor)
April 2 Resistance: day-to-day
  • •Raymond A. Bauer and Alice H. Bauer, "Day to Day Resistance to Slavery," Journal of Negro History 27:4 (October 1942), 388-419. (Jstor)
  • •Eugene Genovese, "The Legacy of Slavery and the Roots of Black Nationalism," Studies on the Left 6:6 (November-December 1966), 3-26. (R)
April 4 Resistance: maroonage
  • •Genovese, From Rebellion to Revolution, through ch. 2.
  • •Film: "Quilombo" (Monday, April 8, Searles 126, 8pm-10pm)
  • Charles E. Chapman, "Palmares: The Negro Numantia" (Jstor)
  • R. K. Kent, "Palmares: An African State in Brazil" (Jstor)
April 9 Resistance: political
  • •Genovese, From Rebellion to Revolution, ch. 3-end.
  • •James Oakes, "The Political Significance of Slave Resistance," History Workshop 22 (1986), 89-107. (R)
April 11 The Haitian Revolution
  • •Franklin Knight, "AHR Forum: The Haitian Revolution," American Historical Review 105:1 (February 2000), 103-15. (online)
  • •Curtin, Plantation Complex, chs. 11-12
April 16 Capitalism and abolitionism
  • •Eric Williams, "Capitalism and Abolitionism," in Northup, ed., The Atlantic Slave Trade, 184-91.
  • •Howard Temperly, "The Idea of Progress," in Northup, ed., The Atlantic Slave Trade, 192-202.
  • •Howard Temperly, "Capitalism, Slavery and Ideology," Past and Present 75 (1977), 94-118. (R)
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April 23 Nineteenth-century plantation systems
  • Richard Graham, "Slavery and Economic Development: Brazil and the United States South in the Nineteenth Century," Comparative Studies in Society and History 23 (1981), 620-55. (Jstor)
  • •Curtin, Plantation Complex, ch. 13.
April 25 U.S. emancipation in world perspective
  • •Eric Foner, Nothing But Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1983), through ch. 2.
April 30 The late emancipations: Brazil and Cuba
  • •Seymour Drescher, "Brazilian Abolition in Comparative Perspective," Hispanic American Historical Review 68:3 (August 1988), 429-60. (Jstor)
  • •Curtin, Plantation Complex, ch. 14.
May 2 Labor in the post-emancipation era
  • •Foner, Nothing But Freedom, ch. 3.
May 7 Racial ideology in the post-emancipation era
  • •Rebecca J. Scott, "Defining the Boundaries of Freedom in the World of Cane: Cuba, Brazil, and Louisiana after Emancipation," American Historical Review 99:1 (Februrary 1994), 70-102. (Jstor)
May 15 Final exam due

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