"American Slavery" Book Review
This book achieved its goal by reflecting the past and history of American Slavery. We can see through much detail what America was and has become throughout the era of slavery. It was the Colonial era that America began to see what true slavery would soon become.
The author, Peter Kolchin, tried to interpret the true history of slavery. He wants the readers to understand the depth to which the slaves lived under bondage. In the book, he describes the history of the Colonial era and how slavery began. He shows us how the eighteenth century progressed and how American slavery developed. Then it moves onto the American Revolution, and how the American slaves were born into class.
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The slaves owners control their live and every possession the slave ever owned. They lived by rules every minute of their lives. The slave owners suppressed many things in a slaves' life. For example, interfering with the naming of the slaves children. The slave owners treated the slaves like animals. The owners would punish slaves for doing wrong mostly by whipping. Those whippings, sometimes a public display, were carried out as a casual affair. Slavery life wasn't all work. Even as much as the slave owners tried to control their lives, the slaves did create a life of their own behind all the work. The author describes this as an ordinary life yet I don't see it as ordinary at all. The author explains slavery like how was there. As an author you try to feel the story and I think he got the job done. He tells us details about slavery that is nothing but true but some would rather not know. It's unbelievable that a human being could treat others as if they were just a piece of meat. The author does try a positive note in explaining the slaves' life, but I don't think it does any them justice. The author describes his thoughts about how historians have been examining the lives and behaviors of the antebellum slaves and how they have not came to agreement on all points. But they did come to the agreement that slaves were not all treated the same and some had it very bad. Slaves soon began to