Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Shaping the New World: African Slavery in the Americas, 1500-1888

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Shaping the New World: African Slavery in the Americas, 1500-1888

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Shaping the New World: African Slavery in the Americas, 1500-1888. By Eric Nellis. International Themes and Issues. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. Pp. [xx], 183. Paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-4426-0555-8; cloth, $55.00, ISBN 978-1-4426-0764-4.) In this book Eric Nellis succinctly and cogently sums up almost four hundred years of Atlantic slavery in fewer than two hundred pages. He adopts a comparative framework to chart the similarities and differences between slave societies in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the North American mainland. The eight chapters follow a largely topical organization, with each of the geographic regions receiving a separate chapter. Other chapters examine social and cultural aspects of New World slavery, such as enslaved women and families, while the penultimate chapter explores the revolutions and abolitionist movements that brought about the end of African slavery in the Americas. Nellis's conclusion, though brief, provides an excellent overview of important historiographical points and includes a useful summary that pulls the disparate threads of comparison into a general outline of Atlantic slavery. …

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