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Slavery in Small Things : Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits (Hardcover) (James Walvin)

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It is now widely accepted that the eleven million African slaves who survived the Atlantic crossing helped to transform great swathes of the Americas - but less well known is just how much the African slave trade revolutionized forever the habits and tastes of the modern world. Slavery in Small Things: Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits explores the history of African slavery and its long term cultural legacy through an analysis of a variety of commonplace objects and commodities. Topics and themes explored include: slavery and the trade of cowrie shells; the role of maps during the slave trade; tea, tobacco, and sugar in the days of the Atlantic slave trade; the human face of African slavery in portraiture; the impact of the printed word in undermining slavery; the paradox of slavery in the emergence of a vogue for expensive items such as mahogany furniture; and many more. Illuminating and thought-provoking, Slavery in Small Things: Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits reveals how slavery was an integral element in the historical development of Western life-and that its legacy still surrounds us even in the most commonplace of daily objects.
Number of Pages: 276.0
Genre: Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Author: James Walvin
Language: English
Street Date: January 30, 2017
TCIN: 52198416
UPC: 9781119166207
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-2846

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