The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies
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The Hill and Wang Critical Issues Series: concise, affordable works on pivotal topics in American history, society, and politics.

The Origins of American Slavery is a short analysis that shows the complex rationale behind the English establishment of American slavery in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This new assessment of a pivotal time in the formation of what...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 4th 1998 by Hill and Wang (first published April 1997)
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Lucid, concise account of how slavery emerged in the 17th-century Americas, and of the relationship between slavery and race. It includes great coverage of the Caribbean sugar islands alongside the Chesapeake and New England. Wood's analysis is largely an economically deterministic one; for her, ideology influenced only the Puritans' practice of slavery to any significant degree, while the rest were driven by pragmatic concerns and (proto-capitalist) greed. She makes a persuasive case but I tend...more
The Origins of American Slavery by Betty Wood as how it could be seen to have happened. She starts off by saying " in this, interpretation, the English acted in a pragmatic, economically rational manner." As other historians before her had argued that salvery was based fundementally on race and others claimed more for economics. Indeed as history has moved on from the publishing this book in 1997 the suggestion merely for race is not as apparent as it was for there had been slavery in humanity l...more
Sam Newton
Short book in which Wood argues that economic necessity coupled with a developing racism gave American/English a strong desire and ability to take African slaves. Native Americans didn't get taken because they were strong military, economic, and religious partners with the English. In essence, the opportunity came, primarily as the result if cash crops (sugar in the Caribbean and tobacco in the Chesapeake) and the Dutch importation of cheap slave labor--and American capitalist pragmatists seized...more
John Hodge
This is a clearly written, concise overview of the beginnings of slavery in America along with the author's reasonable explanations of the causes.
Josh Stewart
I learned a lot more about Slavery, especially in the Carribean area. This book helped me to understand more fully the atrocities and implications of forced labor.
It's no Harry Potter, but it's short and entirely readable.
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