Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2011 - History - 864 pages
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This landmark history of slavery in the South—a winner of the Bancroft Prize—challenged conventional views of slaves by illuminating the many forms of resistance to dehumanization that developed in slave society.

Rather than emphasizing the cruelty and degradation of slavery, historian Eugene Genovese investigates the ways that slaves forced their owners to acknowledge their humanity through culture, music, and religion. Not merely passive victims, the slaves in this account actively engaged with the paternalism of slaveholding culture in ways that supported their self-respect and aspirations for freedom. Roll, Jordan, Roll covers a vast range of subjects, from slave weddings and funerals, to the language, food, clothing, and labor of slaves, and places particular emphasis on religion as both a major battleground for psychological control and a paradoxical source of spiritual strength. Displaying keen insight into the minds of both slaves and slaveholders, Roll, Jordan, Roll is a testament to the power of the human spirit under conditions of extreme oppression.




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Review: Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

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A. Argument: The “slaves laid the foundation for a separate black national culture while enormously enriching American culture as a whole.” (xv) This separate black national culture has always been ... Read full review

Review: Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

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Despite being 800 pages long, this book is not in the slightest bit bloated nor was it a wearisome read (which is rare for a history book of this length). I have been somewhat prejudiced against ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
BOOKONE
PART 1
OUR BLACK FAMILY
A DUTY AND A BURDEN
OF CONCUBINES AND HORSES
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
READING WRITING AND PROSPECTS
DE BIG TIMES
BOOKFOUR
 
APPENDIX
 
MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONSCITED IN NOTES
A NOTE ON SOURCES

PART 2
BOOKTWO
PART 1
THE GOSPEL IN THE QUARTERS
THE BLACK PREACHERS
RELIGIOUS FOUNDATIONS OF THE BLACK NATION
PART 2
BOOKTHREE
PART 1
MEN OF SKILL
FREE NEGROES
MISCEGENATION
THE LANGUAGE OF CLASS AND NATION
A Conclusion and a Preface
PART 2
THE OLD FOLKS
HEARTH AND HOME
GARDENS
KITCHENS HIGH AND LOW
CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN AND THE WOMAN
NOTES
BOOK TWO PART 1
BOOK TWO PART 2
BOOK THREE PART 1
BOOK THREE PART 2
BROOMSTICKS AND ORANGE BLOSSOMS
HUSBAND AND FATHERS
WIVES AND MOTHERS
THE CHILDREN
THE OLD FOLKS
HEARTH AND HOME
GARDENS
KITCHENS HIGH AND LOW
CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN AND THE WOMAN
READING WRITING AND PROSPECTS
DE BIG TIMES
BOOK FOUR
 
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Eugene D. Genovese, a retired professor of history, served as first president of The Historical Society. Among his books are Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made; The Slaveholders' Dilemma: Southern Conservative Thought, 1820-1860; and A Consuming Fire: The Fall of the Confederacy in the Mind of the White Christian South. Fox-Genovese and Genovese serve on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals and are co-authors of Fruits of Merchant Capital: Slavery and Bourgeois Property in the Rise and Expansion of Capitalism. In 2004 The Intercollegiate Studies Institute presented them jointly with its Gerhard Niemeyer Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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