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Author Eltis, David, 1940- author

Title The rise of African slavery in the Americas / David Eltis
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 353 pages) : maps
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book
Contents Slavery and freedom in the early modern world -- The English, the Dutch, and transoceanic migration -- Europeans and African slavery in the Americas -- Gender and slavery in the early modern Atlantic world -- Productivity in the slave trade -- Africa and Europe in the early modern era -- The African impact on the transatlantic slave trade -- The English plantation Americas in comparative perspective -- Ethnicity in the early modern Atlantic world -- Europe and the Atlantic slave systems -- Epilogue on abolition
Summary "Why were the countries with the most developed institutions of individual freedom also the leaders in establishing the most exploitative system of slavery that the world has ever seen? In seeking to provide new answers to this question, The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas examines the development of the English Atlantic slave system between 1650 and 1800. The book outlines a major African role in the evolution of the Atlantic societies before the nineteenth century and argues that the transatlantic slave trade was a result of African strength rather than African weakness. It also addresses changing patterns of group identity to account for the racial basis of slavery in the early modern Atlantic World. Exploring the paradox of the concurrent development of slavery and freedom in the European domains, David Eltis provides a fresh interpretation of this difficult historical problem. Winner of the Frederick Douglass Prize."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-338) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Slavery -- America -- History
Slave trade -- America -- History
Colonies -- America -- History
Slave trade.
British colonies.
Esclavage -- Amérique -- Histoire.
Traite des esclaves -- Amérique -- Histoire.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- History
Grande-Bretagne -- Colonies -- Amérique.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 99013352
ISBN 0521652316