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Slave and Citizen
Slave & Citizen deals with one of the most intriguing problems presented by the development of the New World: the contrast between the legal and social positions of the Negro in the United States and in Latin America. It is well-known that in Brazil and in the Caribbean area, Negroes do not suffer legal or even major social disabilities on account of color, and that a ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 29th 2012 by Vintage
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Frank Tannenbaum's volume comparing the experiences with slavery of Latin America with those of the Anglophone colonies of the West Indies and the United States, is a concise, well-sourced and often brutally-frank treatment of the subject. Covering a broad range of topics the Middle Passage, the legal regimes under which Latin American and Anglo-American slaves existed, the roles of the Catholic Church in Latin America and of the Protestant churches in the Anglo-American countries, the ...more
Tannenbaum's work in this book should be the required genesis for any serious study into systems of enslavement. This applies to modern day revisionists who attempt to dismiss the lingering effects of chattel slavery in race relations within the United States. Their most common argument, that slavery was an ancient practice in nearly all cultures and thus no cause for lingering racial division, is deconstructed by Tannenbaum's evidence which sets chattel slavery apart from all other systems of ...more