A small compendium of reviews

Racial slavery, Davis insists, was neither accidental nor marginal; it was “an intrinsic and indispensable part of New World settlement.”

But the books I really want to get are those of Robin Blackburn.

Among the many virtues of Robin Blackburn’s The American Crucible is its demonstration that slavery must be at the center of any account of Western ascendancy. Without the colonization of the New World, Blackburn notes at the outset, the West as we know it would not exist, and without slavery there could have been no colonization.

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2 Responses to A small compendium of reviews

  1. N G says:

    Do you know about the Buxton Settlement?
    http://hst211studentgeorge.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/the-history-of-the-buxton-settlement-in-canada/ and here’s a video about the underground railroad to the community: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBoWVat21pE

    And they still teach kids about slavery in the States using cross curriculum activities such as:

    Or let’s pretend you’re a slave on a plantation and write a diary.


    Both of these assignments were given to children in predominately Afro-American schools in the last month or so.

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