Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2011 - History - 864 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - Carolfoasia - LibraryThing

I think the book could have been better organized. I felt like it started at the end talking about slaves leaving the plantations after the Civil War then going back to the history of paternalism ... Read full review

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User Review  - mdobe - LibraryThing

Genovese's is an account of slavery based upon a class-based system of dominance, reinforced by racism (p. 3). Dominance, he stresses, is not as complete as earlier historians thought. Slaves ... Read full review

Contents

GOD IS NOT MOCKED I
1
and the Children Brought Up
113
THE ROCK AND
159
Work Shall Be
285
THE VALLEY OF
325
and the Coat of Many Colors
443
WHOM GOD HATH HEDGED
585
On Resistance
597
Stolen
599
Standing Up to the Man
613
Brothers Sisters and Nocounts
622
The Bright and Morning Star
658
Abbreviations Used in Notes
667
A Note on Sources
675
Subject Index
803
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Eugene D. Genovese was the author of several books, including Roll, Jordan, Roll, for which he won the Bancroft Prize; The Southern Tradition; and The Southern Front. Genovese was known for his Marxist perspective in regards to the study of power, class, and race relations in during plantation life in the old south.  Genovese passed away in 2012.

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