Taking into account the major recent studies, this volume presents an updated analysis of the life of the black slave–his African heritage, culture, family. The Slave Community. Plantation Life in the Antelbellum South. By John W. Blassingame (New York: Oxford University Press,. 1 ix plus pp. Illustrated. In The Slave Community, John Blassingame develops an interpreta- tion of slave personality and culture in the antebellum U.S. South, draw- ing heavily on.

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One wonders what he would have produced if he blassingaame lived longer. She calls The Slave Community “a classic” but remarks that “Blassingame stressed the fact that many masters recognized the male as the head of the family. Instead, the fugitives’ plantations are peopled with the same range of heroes and villains, black and white, which one generally finds in the human race.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South by John W. Blassingame

It spurs much discussion. Want to Read saving…. I enjoyed reading the insights shared by the author. Goes a long way in building a base in understanding the uniqueness of the Black experience in America. According to Blasskngame, “Sometimes children internalized both the true personality traits and the contradictory behavioral patterns of their parents.

The Slave Community

There are many references to the work of Bruno Bettelheim, some joohn whose work has now been discredited, and I think modern psychology would disagree with a lot of the conclusions. Taking into account the major recent studies, this volume presents an updated analysis of the life of the black slave–his African heritage, culture, family, acculturation, behavior, religion, and personality. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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Engs, University blassingamf Pennsylvania. Sociological Justice Donald Black. Blassingame contends that historians have “deliberately ignored” autobiographies of ex-slaves, particularly the fugitive slave narratives. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. That there is always room for more study leads to another point.

The Slave Community – John W. Blassingame – Oxford University Press

Du Bois, and Manning Marable. She notes that The Slave Communitylike other historiography produced in ghe s and 70s, “did not directly address women’s historyeven though many of the historians were sensitive to women’s experience. It’s a much more com This book should be required reading in history classes in high schools, I think. Instruments reproduced by slaves include drums, three-stringed banjos, gourd rattles, and mandolins.

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The family was, in short, an important survival mechanism. Blassingame explains that he incorporated the suggestions published in Blassingaem Blassingame’s The Slave Community “without long protestation or argument”. Taylor contends in the Journal of Negro History that Blassingame had a tendency to overgeneralize and make “unsubstantiatable claims to originality and uniqueness”.

Historians criticized the use of slave narratives that were seen as unreliable and biased. George rated it liked it Aug 24, A good book about the south and having lived there all my lift I thought it was a fair discussion.

Vintage Books,p. Published init is one of the cokmunity historical studies of slavery in the Johj States to be presented from the perspective of the enslaved. Genovese, “Toward a Psychology of Slavery: Clayton rated it really liked it Jun 07, Julia Preston rated it really liked it Nov 08, Thorpe praised Blassingame for his use of psychological theory, but admit they prefer Freudian and Marxist interpretations over Sullivanian theory.


WoodBlack Majority: Blassingame responded to questions and critiques from the panel. The other is that the book contains a “Critical Essay on Blassingaem which is great, not just for the wide selection of sources but also for the explanation of the criteria used in determining how much trust to place in any given account.

The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South

Elkins and Blassingame on Ante-bellum American Slavery”. Stanley Elkins and His Critics Larry rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Return to Book Page.

Blassingame grants that slaveowners did have control over slave marriages. It will open your eyes to much.

Blassingame examines the role of black preachers within the slave community and the oratory styles they employed. Feb 26, Gina rated it liked it. Slave marriages were illegal in southern states, and slave couples were frequently separated by slaveowners through sale. He argues that slaves had instead been infantilized, or “made” into Sambos, by the brutal treatment received at the hands of slaveowners and overseers.

Slaveowners and state governments tried to prevent slaves from making or playing musical instruments because of the use of drums to signal the Stono Rebellion in Levine ‘s Black Culture and Black Consciousness: