Cultivation and Culture: Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas

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Ira Berlin, Philip D. Morgan
University of Virginia Press, 1993 - History - 388 pages
So central was labour in the lives of African-American slaves that it has often been taken for granted, with little attention given to the type of work that slaves did and the circumstances surrounding it. Cultivation and Culture brings together essays by leading scholars of slavery - historians, anthropologists and sociologists - to explore when, where and how slaves laboured in growing the New World's great staples and how this work shaped the institution of slavery and the lives of African-American slaves.
 

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Contents

Richard S Dunn Sugar Production and Slave Women
49
David P Geggus Sugar and Coffee Cultivation in Saint
73
David Barry Caspar Sugar Cultivation and Slave Life
101
MichelRolph Trouillot Coffee Planters and Coffee Slaves
124
Patterns of Labor
138
Steven F Miller Plantation Labor Organization and Slave
155
Lorena S Walsh Slave Life Slave Society and Tobacco
170
Woodville K Marshall Provision Ground and Plantation
203
Provision Ground
221
Slaves Market
243
Roderick A McDonald Independent Economic Production
275
NOTES
303
CONTRIBUTORS
379
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Ira Berlin was born in New York City on May 27, 1941. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1963, a master's degree in history in 1966, and a Ph.D. in history in 1970, all from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and Federal City College in Washington before becoming a professor at the University of Maryland in 1974. He wrote numerous books including Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America, and The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States. He also edited several books including Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation with Marc Favreau and Steven F. Miller. He died from complications of multiple myeloma on June 5, 2018 at the age of 77.

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