Slavery in America Book Review by hicaliber

Slavery in America
This paper compares the books "Slave Religion: The Invisible Institution in the Antebellum South", by Albert J. Raboteau, and "Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life", by Stanley M. Elkins'.
# 95217 | 2,514 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper explains that, although both books cover the same historical period, Elkins' "Slavery" looks at the roots of American slavery; whereas, Raboteau's "Slave Religion" looks at how slaves were converted to Christianity and what it meant in their lives. The author points out that Elkins believes that American slavery was decidedly unique and did not follow the pattern of slavery in other parts of the world; while Raboteau's thesis explores black American religion, which he calls the "invisible institution" rather than the "peculiar institution" that Southerners used to refer to slavery itself. The paper relates that Raboteau employs personal memoirs, which makes his book seem more nearly real and emotional to the reader; Elkins' book seems more scholarly because he uses a wide variety of primary and secondary sources.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Elkins, S. M. (1959). Slavery: A problem in American institutional and intellectual life. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Raboteau, A. B. (1978). Slave religion: The 'invisible institution' in the Antebellum South. New York: Oxford University Press.

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