Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World

David Brion Davis
Raymond Todd

16.63 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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David Brion Davis is recognized as the leading authority on slavery in the Western world. His books have won such awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In Inhuman Bondage, Davis sums up a lifetime of insight, beginning with the dramatic Amistad case. He looks at slavery in the American South, describing black slaveholding planters; the rise of the Cotton Kingdom; the daily life of ordinary slaves; the highly destructive internal, long-distance slave trade; the sexual exploitation of slaves; the emergence of an African-American culture; and much more. A definitive history by a writer deeply immersed in the subject, Inhuman Bondage links together the profits of slavery, the pain of the enslaved, and the legacy of racism.

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David Brion Davis is recognized as the leading authority on slavery in the Western world. His books have won such awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

In Inhuman Bondage, Davis sums up a lifetime of insight, beginning with the dramatic Amistad case. He looks at slavery in the American South, describing black slaveholding planters; the rise of the Cotton Kingdom; the daily life of ordinary slaves; the highly destructive internal, long-distance slave trade; the sexual exploitation of slaves; the emergence of an African-American culture; and much more. A definitive history by a writer deeply immersed in the subject, Inhuman Bondage links together the profits of slavery, the pain of the enslaved, and the legacy of racism.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Davis…succeeds heroically in wrestling a vast amount of material from diverse cultures. The result is a sinewy book that combines erudition and everyday detail into a gripping, often surprising, narrative.” Wall Street Journal
“A tour de force…explaining what has made slavery’s consequences so much a part of contemporary American culture and politics.” New York Times Book Review
“Impressive and sprawling…Davis’ account is rich in detail and his voice is clear enough to coax even casual readers through this dense history.” Publishers Weekly
“The broader perspective on American slavery—its social and economic impact on the growth of the US—forces readers to face the contradictions between our democratic ideals and economic impulses.” Booklist 

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Author Bio: David Brion Davis

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and Director Emeritus of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, also at Yale. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award for History and Biography, the Bancroft Prize, the Albert J. Beveridge Award, and the Bruce Catton Prize for Lifetime Achievement, among other honors.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 16.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English