Social Death and Political Life in the Study of Slavery

TitleSocial Death and Political Life in the Study of Slavery
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBrown, Vincent
JournalThe American Historical Review

The article discusses the historical and sociological study of slavery since the influential 1982 book "Slavery and Social Death" by U.S. sociologist Orlando Patterson. Topics in historical interpretation and methodology are discussed regarding a number of studies of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade published in the 2000s, including "Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History" by Ian Baucom, "Lose Your Mother: A Journey along the Atlantic Slave Route" by Saidiya Hartman, "Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora" by Stephanie Smallwood, and others. [Ebsco]

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