American Crucible Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights

ISBN-10: 1844675696

ISBN-13: 9781844675692

Edition: 2007

Authors: Robin Blackburn

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A compelling history of slavery by its foremost historian. The slave systems of the Americas were to become as large as any in human history, and the huge profits they engendered stimulated capitalist growth in Europe and fostered war and colonial revolt. The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the Americas explores both why Europe's conquest and colonization of the Americas were accompanied by the construction of a variety of racially defined slave systems, and why they were eventually suppressed in a century of abolitionism from 1788-1887. US and British governments have long basked in the view that they played a special role in the eventual victories of anti-slavery. Blackburn insists that we should see the advance of anti-slavery as rooted in much wider social struggles and movements propelled by free people of color, political and religious radicals and slave rebels. He shows how these movements were most effective when they challenged both racism and private property, and that their greatest triumphs coincided with deep-going crisis of the entire social order. This fascinating book distils Blackburn's extensive and original research into a concise and accessible introduction to the subject.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 5/9/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.024

Zones of Slave-based Development and of Slave Resistance, c. 1770
Introduction: Slavery and the West
Slavery in Human History
Human Unity and Social Division
Notes on the History of Cruelty
Slavery's New World Climax
The Three Epochs and Styles of New World Slavery
Timeline of Slavery in the Americas
Table: Slave-Related Atlantic Trade, Including Re-exports
Empires and Plantations
The Spanish Conquest: Destruction, Enslavement and the Baroque
Absolutism and Precious Metals
'Are These Not Men?'
Structures of Baroque Power
Native Tribute and the Silver Regime
Mercantile Empire and the Slave Plantation: Brazil Leads, the Dutch, English and French Refine the Formula
Cash Demand, Exotic Produce, Tied Labour
The New Plantation
The French Outperform the English
Plantation Hierarchy, Social Order and the Atlantic System
The Commercial Transformation of African Slavery
The New Merchants and Planters Outflank the Free Air Doctrine
Tying the Knot of Slavery
The Distinctive Character of New World Slavery
The Subversive Boom
Slavery and Industrialization
Black Aspirations and the 'Picaresque Proletariat'
The Planters Back Colonial Revolt
The Declaration of Independence
From the Critique of Slavery to the Abolitionist Movement
Popular Anti-Slavery and the Birth of Abolitionism
Sovereignty, Sentiment and Order
Patriotism and Anti-Slavery
Abolitionism and Reform
The Haitian Pivot
Haitians Claim the Rights of Man
Recognizing the Haitian Revolution
Slavery and the French Revolution
Haiti and the Race Bar
Slavery Overturned, 1791-94
Currents of Caribbean Anti-Slavery
Tou Moun se Moun
Vive La R�publique?
Decline of the Plantation
French Recognition, Civil Society and a Triple Revolution
A 'Nearly Genocidal' Revolution?
Results and Prospects I: Slave-Trade Abolition
US Slave-Trade Abolition
The British Abolitionist Campaign of 1814
Planters Look for Allies
Jefferson and Southern Leadership
Napoleon, Louisiana and the Atlantic Chess Board
Haiti and the Idea of Revolution
Results and Prospects II: Latin America
Slavery, Race and Citizenship
Slavery on Notice
Haitian Epilogue
The Age of Abolition
Abolitionism Advances - But Slavery is Resurgent
Abolition Advances
The New American Slavery: A Sketch
The New Racism
Capitalism and Slavery: An Irrepressible Conflict?
Free Labour and the Bourgeois Revolution
Anti-Slavery: Its Scope, Character and Appeal
Abolition and the Course of History
Ambiguous Promises
Abolitionism and Pacification
Dynamic Contexts
The Slaves' Anti-Slavery
'Either I'm a Nobody or I'm a Nation: The Free People of Colour and Racial Equality
'Free Labour': The Anti-Slavery of White Workers and Farmers
Feminist Egalitarianism and Anti-Slavery Women
Patriotic Anti-Slavery
The Role of the Churches
Immigrants and Civic Republicanism
Elite and Bourgeois Anti-Slavery: Liberal Abolitionism
The Keys to Emancipation
Slavery and the National Compact in the Antebellum Republic
What Was the Irrepressible Conflict?
Why Did the South Secede?
Why Did the North Accept War?
Reconstruction and Equal Rights: Battles Won and Lost
Jim Crow and the Robber Barons
The Morant Bay Rebellion
The Last Emancipations
Patterns of Emancipation
The Spiral Path: Ambiguous Victories, Contested Legacies
Emancipation, Innovation and Empire
The Aftermath of Slavery
Cuba and the Dialectic of Freedom
Brazil: Order and Progress?
Crucibles and Stews
Emancipation and 'Human Rights' from Empire to Decolonization
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