The Many Faces of Slavery: New Perspectives on Slave Ownership and Experiences in the Americas

The Many Faces of Slavery: New Perspectives on Slave Ownership and Experiences in the Americas

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Overview

While the plantation accounts for 90% of slave ownership and experience in the Americas, its centrality to the common conceptions of slavery has arguably led to an oversimplified understanding of its multifarious forms and complex dynamics in the region. The Many Faces of Slavery explores non-traditional forms of slavery that existed outside the plantation system to illustrate the pluralities of slave ownership and experiences in the Americas, from the 17th to the 19th century.

Through a wide range of innovative and multi-disciplined approaches, the book's chapters explore the existence of urban slavery, slave self-hiring, quasi-free or nominal slaves, domestic slave concubines, slave vendors, slave soldiers and sailors, slave preachers, slave overseers, and many other types of “societies with slaves.” Moreover, it documents unconventional forms of slave ownership like slave-holding by poor whites, women, free blacks, Native Americans, Jewish Americans, corporations and the state. The Many Faces of Slavery broadens our traditional conception of slavery by complicating our understanding of slave experience and ownership in slavery-practising societies throughout Atlantic history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350071445
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lawrence Aje is Associate Professor of United States History at Paul-Valéry, Montpellier, France.

Catherine Armstrong
is Senior Lecturer in American History at Loughborough University, UK. She is the author of Writing North America in the Seventeenth Century (2007) and, along with Laura M. Chmielewski, The Atlantic Experience: People, Places, Ideas (2013).
Lawrence Aje is Associate Professor of United States History at Montpellier University, France.
Catherine Armstrong is Lecturer in American History at Loughborough University, UK. She is the author of Writing North America in the Seventeenth Century (2007) and, along with Laura M. Chmielewski, The Atlantic Experience: People, Places, Ideas (2013).

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors

Introduction, Lawrence Aje (Montpellier University, France) and Catherine Armstrong (Loughborough University, UK)

Section I - Documenting non-traditional slavery and slaveholding in archival and archaeological records
1. Many Faces of Slaveholding Sephardim, Seymour Drescher (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
2. Something Close to Freedom: The Case of the Black Seminoles in Florida, Brent R. Weisman (University of South Florida, USA)
3. 'Adventure in a Wigwam:' Henry Bibb's Account of Slavery among the Cherokees in Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave (1849), Sandrine Ferré-Rode (University of Versailles, France)
4. To 'make a good Mistress to my servants': unmasking the meaning of maternalism in colonial South Carolina, Inge Dornan (Brunel University, UK)
5. Resident Female Slaveholders in Jamaica at the End of Emancipation: Evidence from the Compensation Claims, Ahmed Reid (City University of New York, USA)

Section II - The Politics and Economics of Non-traditional Slavery and Slaveholding
6. Corporate Slavery in Seventeenth-Century New York, Anne-Claire Faucquez (University of Paris 8, France)
7. Militarized slavery: the creation of the West India Regiments, Tim Lockley (University of Warwick, UK)
8. 'A question between hiring and selling': Slave Leasing at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, 1780 -1830, Christa Dierksheide (University of Missouri, USA)
9. Turmoil in the Cocoa Groves: slave revolts in Ocumare de la Costa,Venezuela, 1837 and 1845, Nikita Harwich (University of Paris Nanterre, France)

Section III - Social mobility on the margins of slavery and freedom
10. Keeper of the Keys: Creole Management of a Nineteenth-Century French Plantation in New Orleans, Nathalie Dessens (University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France)
11. João de Oliveira's Atlantic World: Mobility and Dislocation in Eighteenth- Century Brazil and the Bight of Benin, Mary Hicks (Amherst College, USA)
12. Gilbert Hunt, the City Blacksmith: slavery, freedom, and fame in antebellum Richmond, Virginia, Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf (University of Saint Francis, USA)
13. Nominal Slavery, Free People of Colour, and Enslavement Requests: Slavery and Freedom at the 'edges' of the regime, Emily West (University of Reading, UK)
14. The Transition from Plantation Slave Labour to Free Labour in the Americas, Herbert S. Klein (Columbia University, USA)

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