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Roll, Jordan, Roll - by Eugene D Genovese (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 864

Genre: History

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage

Book theme: State & Local, General

Author: Eugene D Genovese

Language: English

Street Date: January 12, 1976
TCIN: 77030510
UPC: 9780394716527
Item Number (DPCI): 247-29-7199

Description

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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