American Negro Slavery. A Survey of the Supply, Employment and Control of Negro Labor as Determined by the Plantation Régime.
“The first systematic analysis of slavery in the entire South” (ANB)
“American Negro Slavery (1918), the first systematic analysis of slavery in the entire South, made Phillips the unexcelled authority on the ‘peculiar institution.’ Its use of the comparative method to examine slavery in the West Indies offered a fresh perspective to American historians and influenced virtually all subsequent books on the subject. The book offered penetrating observations regarding the mechanics of plantation agriculture, the plain folk of the South, and overseers but focused predominantly on the masters and their slaves. ... He thus interpreted slavery as a labor system ‘shaped by mutual requirements, concessions and understandings, producing reciprocal codes of conventional morality’ and responsibility. Most reviewers, with the notable exception of black historians W. E. B. Du Bois and Carter G. Woodson, greeted Phillips’s book with unrestrained praise.” (ANB)
Description: American Negro Slavery. A Survey of the Supply, Employment and Control of Negro Labor as Determined by the Plantation Régime.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1918. xi, , 529pp. First Edition. 8½ x 5¾ inches. Publisher’s blue cloth with gilt spine titling; without dust jacket. Some fading to spine; very good.