Roll, Jordan, Roll

Roll, Jordan, Roll

The World the Slaves Made

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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.

Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books [1974]
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394491318
Branch Call Number: 1
Characteristics: xxii, 823 p. 25 cm.


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