Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2011 - History - 864 pages
26 Reviews

This landmark history of slavery in the South—a winner of the Bancroft Prize—challenged conventional views of slaves by illuminating the many forms of resistance to dehumanization that developed in slave society.

Rather than emphasizing the cruelty and degradation of slavery, historian Eugene Genovese investigates the ways that slaves forced their owners to acknowledge their humanity through culture, music, and religion. Not merely passive victims, the slaves in this account actively engaged with the paternalism of slaveholding culture in ways that supported their self-respect and aspirations for freedom. Roll, Jordan, Roll covers a vast range of subjects, from slave weddings and funerals, to the language, food, clothing, and labor of slaves, and places particular emphasis on religion as both a major battleground for psychological control and a paradoxical source of spiritual strength. Displaying keen insight into the minds of both slaves and slaveholders, Roll, Jordan, Roll is a testament to the power of the human spirit under conditions of extreme oppression.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
15
4 stars
8
3 stars
1
2 stars
2
1 star
0

Review: Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

User Review  - Goodreads

Old but still indispensable overview of what life was like for American slaves in the 19th century. Long and comprehensive. Genovese's theory of "paternalism" is controversial. Read full review

Review: Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

User Review  - Goodreads

This is a rich, challenging, and complex book. It is a book with basically one big idea, but it provides a brilliant way to think about American slavery and relationship between masters and sons ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2011)

Eugene D. Genovese, a retired professor of history, served as first president of The Historical Society. Among his books are Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made; The Slaveholders' Dilemma: Southern Conservative Thought, 1820-1860; and A Consuming Fire: The Fall of the Confederacy in the Mind of the White Christian South. Fox-Genovese and Genovese serve on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals and are co-authors of Fruits of Merchant Capital: Slavery and Bourgeois Property in the Rise and Expansion of Capitalism. In 2004 The Intercollegiate Studies Institute presented them jointly with its Gerhard Niemeyer Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

Bibliographic information