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- DescriptionThis work tells the story of slavery in antebellum America by moving away from the cotton plantations and into the slave market itself, the heart of the domestic slave trade. Taking the reader inside the New Orleans slave market, the largest in the nation, where 100,000 men, women, and children were packaged, priced and sold, the author transforms the statistics of this chilling trade into the human drama of traders, buyers, and slaves, negotiating sales that would alter the life of each. What emerges is t only the brutal ecomics of trading but the vast interdependencies among those involved. Using recently discovered material, Johnson reveals the tenuous shifts of power that occurred in the market's slave coffles and showrooms. Traders packaged their slaves by feeding them up , dressing them well, and oiling their bodies. Johnson depicts the subtle interrelation of capitalism, paternalism, class consciousness, racism and resistance in the slave market.
- Author BiographyWalter Johnson is Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
- Author(s)Walter Johnson
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2001
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note20 halftones
- Weight358 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Trade paperback (US)
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