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Blackburn, Robin
The American crucible : slavery, emancipation and human rights / Robin Blackburn
London ; New York : Verso, 2011
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 3rd Floor  HT1048 .B523 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Slavery -- America -- History
Liberty
Human rights -- America -- History
Subject Europe -- Colonies -- America
Physical Description 498 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction : slavery and the West -- Empires and plantations. The Spanish conquest: destruction, enslavement and the Baroque -- Mercantile empire and the slave plantation: Brazil leads, the Dutch, English and French refine the formula -- Plantation hierarchy, social order and the Atlantic system -- The subversive boom. Slavery and industrialization -- Black aspirations and the 'Picaresque Proletariat' -- The planters back colonial revolt -- From the critique of slavery to the abolitionist movement -- The Haitian pivot. Haitians claim the rights of man -- Results and prospects I: slave-trade abolition -- Results and prospects II: Latin America -- The age of abolition. Abolitionism advances, but slavery is resurgent -- Anti-slavery: its scope, character and appeal -- The keys to emancipation -- The spiral path: ambiguous victories, contested legacies
Summary A history of the rise and abolition of slavery in the Americas covers such topics as the plantation revolution of the seventeenth century, the emergence of anti-slavery thought, and the contributions of such figures as Thomas Paine and Frederick Douglass

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