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The paper outlines how Oscar Reiss, in his book "Blacks in Colonial America", paints a clear picture of the problems that African-American slaves faced and the struggles they endured. The paper discusses slaves codes, slave rebellions, the punishments meted out to runaway slaves who were caught, the situation of the elderly and the role of female slaves. The paper concludes by noting that this book's conclusions are accurate.
From the Paper:"American slavery, a contributor to and reflection of racism, was developed when landowners sought to make profits from plantations of cotton. To accomplish this, they imported vast numbers of slaves from Africa. The physical appearance of the Africans was very different from that of white landowners, thus making it possible for the whole slavery system to function effectively (Reiss, 1997). The whites defined the Africans as inferior and sub-human. By convincing themselves that their slaves were like animals, the whites could treat them like animals with a clear conscience."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Reiss, O. 1997. Blacks in Colonial America. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company.
Cite this Book Review:
"Blacks in Colonial America" (2010, December 29) Retrieved May 18, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/blacks-in-colonial-america-146480/
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