Slavery in North Carolina, 1748-1775 (Paperback)
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Slavery in North Carolina, 1748-1775 (Paperback)

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Paperback 420 Pages / Published: 28/02/1999
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Michael Kay and Lorin Cary illuminate new aspects of slavery in colonial America by focusing on North Carolina, which has largely been ignored by scholars in favor of the more mature slave systems in the Chesapeake and South Carolina. Kay and Cary demonstrate that North Carolina's fast-growing slave population, increasingly bound on large plantations, included many slaves born in Africa who continued to stress their African pasts to make sense of their new world. The authors illustrate this process by analyzing slave languages, naming practices, family structures, religion, and patterns of resistance. Kay and Cary clearly demonstrate that slaveowners erected a Draconian code of criminal justice for slaves. This system played a central role in the masters' attempt to achieve legal, political, and physical hegemony over their slaves, but it impeded a coherent attempt at acculturation. In fact, say Kay and Cary, slaveowners often withheld white culture from slaves rather than work to convert them to it. As a result, slaves retained significant elements of their African heritage and therefore enjoyed a degree of cultural autonomy that freed them from reliance on a worldview and value system determined by whites. |Shows that slaves in colonial North Carolina retained significant elements of their native heritage because their owners were reluctant to help them acculturate to white society. (Please see cloth edition, published 8/95.)

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807848197
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 29 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
A marvelously thorough work.

"Mississippi Quarterly"


Its main value is in forcing us to rethink what we believe about acculturation and the nature of slave society.

"Journal of American History"


[Makes] a very important contribution to the study of early American slavery.

"Journal of Southern History"


"Interesting, insightful, and necessary for a full understanding of slavery in colonial North Carolina.

"North Carolina Historical Review""


Makes a very important contribution to the study of early American slavery.

"Journal of Southern History"


Interesting, insightful, and necessary for a full understanding of slavery in colonial North Carolina.

"North Carolina Historical Review"


Kay and Cary have made an important contribution to our understanding of American slavery.

"Southern Cultures"

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