American Negro Slavery. A Survey of the Supply, Employment and Control of Negro Labor as determined by the Plantation Régime.
Important systematic investigation of American slavery with particular regard to agriculture and the plantation system. Includes chapters on “The Early Exploitation of Guinea,” “The Maritime Slave Trade,” “The Sugar Islands,” “The Tobacco Colonies,” “The Rice Coast,” “The Northern Colonies,” “The Introduction of Cotton and Sugar,” “The Domestic Slave Trade,” “The Cotton Régime,” “Types of Large Plantations,” “Plantation Management,” “Economic Views of Slavery: A Survey of the Literature,” “Business Aspects of Slavery,” “Town Slaves,” “Free Negroes,” “Slave Crime,” etc.
“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. ... 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)
Jenkins adds: “The most seminal work of scholarship on colonial and antebellum slavery, its concepts and questions providing the theoretical framework in which all subsequent works must immerse themselves either in support or in criticism of Phillip’s arguments.”
The first edition is seldom seen in commerce.
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. First Edition. xi, [1 (blank)], 529pp +  fold-out plate. 8vo. Publisher’s blue cloth with gilt spine titling. Without scarce dust jacket; a previous owner’s name on front endpaper; very good tight copy.
Work p255. Howes P325.