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Slavery in the New World Even moral exhibitionism can be educational. David Brion Davis, Inhuman Bondage: Thucydides just wanted the facts. The historian displays virtue by showing his contempt for the past, especially that of his own country and ancestors.
Despite its occasional rambling, Inhuman Bondage, by Yale emeritus professor David Brion Davis, could have been an informative book about slavery had it not been for Prof. How often does Prof. There is much good material in this book, but it is hard to trust a historian who would rather heap scorn on the past than try to understand and explain it.
The Slavery Revolution Prof. Davis points out that inon the eve of the American Revolution, slavery was legal and essentially unquestioned in the entire New World, but bywhen Brazil freed its slaves, it had completely disappeared.
His book is an investigation of that process with a heavy concentration on British and American emancipation. Davis begins, however, with some general observations about slavery, noting that it is found in all recorded history, and that the Greeks thought the leisure it brought to slave owners was a necessary part of building a civilization.
He notes also that the status of slave has always been associated with darker-skinned people, whether in classical antiquity, India, China or the Middle East. Arabs were the first to enslave blacks on a large scale, and Prof. Davis thinks there may have been as many Africans taken by Muslims as were shipped to the New World.
He also writes that it may have been the Moors, who occupied the Iberian peninsula from the 8th to the 15th centuries, who taught the Spaniards to associate slavery with Africans. Aristotle had taught that some people were slaves by nature, but he never clearly explained how to distinguish such people.
With their distinctive physical traits and low level of development, Africans seemed the perfect slave people. And, indeed, the Spaniards wasted no time in providing relief for the Indians.
Byjust 30 years after the discovery, Africans were arriving in considerable numbers, and Prof. Davis points out that at one time blacks constituted half the population of Mexico City and Lima. It was the Portuguese who ultimately transported more slaves across the Atlantic than any other nation, and Prof.
Davis writes that at one time black slaves were so plentiful in Portugal itself that laborers and sailors could afford them, as well as prostitutes, who were forbidden to employ free servants. All told, North America received only five to six percent of the Africans who were shipped West.
Far more went to Brazil and the Caribbean, where it was cheaper to work a slave to death and replace him with a new one than to breed stock. Davis estimates that an average of 15 percent of the slaves died during the passage, though the death toll could range from five to 33 percent.
Other authors have written that conditions on board were so unhealthful that white crewmembers died at about the same rate as slaves.
Davis suggests there were slave revolts on as many as one in ten voyages, and that slavers had to carry extra crew to keep order. He says the machinery of capture and transport to the coast was so well oiled that it continued to operate even after the end of the slave trade, flooding coastal slaving ports with captured blacks for whom there was no longer a market.
Although profit was the primary goal, the predators probably enjoyed predation. Davis notes that two thirds of the history of slavery in North America was before the Revolution, and devotes considerable space to this period. Slavery was legal and practiced in every state, but the absence of staple crops that leant themselves to plantation agriculture was the main reason it died out in the North.
Inhowever, when the Dutch gave up New Amsterdam to the British, black slaves were 20 percent of the population. Davis points out that in there were 19, black slaves in New York — more than in Georgia — and that 40 percent of white households in Manhattan owned slaves. New York City suffered a serious slave conspiracy inafter which the authorities burned 13 blacks at the stake and hanged Owners encouraged slave marriage and tried to keep families together.
Masters often bought this produce from slaves, who accumulated property they could pass on to their children. Slavery varied greatly by region. In the 18th century, slaves were 40 percent of the population of Virginia but only four percent in Connecticut.
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