498 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
A history of the rise and abolition of slavery in the Americas covers such topics as the plantation revolution of the seventeenth century, the emergence of anti-slavery thought, and the contributions of such figures as Thomas Paine and Frederick Douglass.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Zones of slave-based development and of slave resistance, c. 1770 Slavery and the West. Slavery and human history Empires and Plantations. The Spanish conquest: destruction, enslavement and the Baroque ; Mercantile empire and the slave plantation: Brazil leads, the Dutch, English and French refine the formula ; Plantation hierarchy, social order and the Atlantic system The Subversive Boom. Slavery and industrialization ; Black aspirations and the 'Picaresque Proletariat' ; The planters back colonial revolt ; From the critique of slavery to the abolitionist movement The Haitian Pivot. Haitians claim the rights of man ; Results and prospects I: slave-trade abolition ; Results and prospects II: Latin America The Age of Abolition. Abolitionism advances, but slavery is resurgent ; Anti-slavery: its scope, character and appeal ; The keys to emancipation ; The spiral path : ambiguous victories, contested legacies.