We look at enslaved people as workers and as members of families and cultural groupings. Other essays examine the religious and cultural beliefs of slaves and the constraints — demographic, cultural, economic, physical — that enslaved people encountered while trying to shape viable lives for themselves under extremely trying conditions.
The Routledge History of Slavery is a landmark publication that provides an overview of the main themes surrounding the history of slavery from ancient Greece. Introduction Trevor Burnard and Gad Heuman Part 1: Slavery as a Global Institution 1. Ancient Slavery Niall McKeown 2. African Slavery Paul Lovejoy 3. Slavery.
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No cover image. Read preview. Synopsis The Routledge History of Slavery is a landmark publication that provides an overview of the main themes surrounding the history of slavery from ancient Greece to the present day.
Read preview Overview. Horton University of North Carolina Press, Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts. The Journal of Southern History, Vol. The Crisis, Vol.
The first set of essays is concerned broadly with the notion of slavery as part of a national narrative. Thus, they look to the ways certain places deal with this historical legacy and assimilate it or not into their collective and cultural memories.
The second section has essays that look specifically to museum practice in relation to slavery. The work on museums in the second half is interesting and useful to us as memory scholars as it scrutinizes a wide selection of public institutions across the world. Complementing the museum analyses are essays here that stimulatingly assess the role of historical objects and monuments in public remembrance.
Swan unravels the various public responses to the monument and the ways in which it is interpreted in the public space. The question for Swan is how, with such conflicting views of the memorial, Bermudans can engage with it as a representation of the slave trade in their country. Both, in their own ways, have been viewed as problematic memorials, in aesthetic and ethical terms, and both, for this reason, are necessarily investigated by Ater for their potency and efficacy in helping North Carolina commemorate a tragic part of its cultural past.
A black member of society might and probably will have an entirely different outlook on the memory of slavery than a white person, for instance.
While not inherently problematic, this split in understanding is manifested in the competitions and ruptures of public representations of memory. The competition and conflict of such commemorations and monuments hinges, as cultural memory studies has taught us, on the impetus of remembrance in the present. It is our contemporary moment that ultimately shapes memory and to what ends it is put.
But, if the present moment is different for different members of society, memory—work will long be contested and challenged. One of the most successful aspects of the collection is the continued focus on the complexities and ambiguities of memory.
In the face of such discrepancy over what memories are worth holding on to and representing, cultures have to confront the very nature of what we call cultural memory: the dense, layered, inharmonious, and definitively plural collection of remembrances. Attendant to and sometimes because of this notion, and also a major concern of this book, is the absence of slavery memory; or the ways that forgetfulness might be a driving force in shaping public remembrance.
In Part Two, the chapters explore different themes that define slavery such as slave culture, the slave economy, slave resistance and the planter class, as well as areas of life affected by slavery, such as family and work. The final part goes on to study changes and continuities over time, looking at areas such as abolition, the aftermath of emancipation and commemoration.
The volume concludes with a chapter on modern slavery.