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Edited by Gad Heuman, Trevor Burnard

Routledge – 2014 – 1,592 pages

Series: Critical Concepts in Historical Studies

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Serious research in and around the history—and contemporary reality—of slavery is very wide-ranging, and flourishes as never before. This new four-volume collection from Routledge’s acclaimed series, Critical Concepts in Historical Studies, meets the need for a reference work to help users make sense of the subject’s vast and dispersed literature, and the continuing explosion in research output.

Edited by two of the leading scholars in the area, the four volumes bring together in one ‘mini library’ both classic and contemporary contributions to provide authoritative coverage of the transatlantic slave trade; slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean region; slave culture; the slave economy; and slave resistance. Other topics include family, gender, and community. The collection also gathers the best and most influential scholarship on attempts to abolish the trade, and the legacy of emancipation.

With a full index, together with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editors, which places the collected materials in their intellectual context, Slavery is an essential work of reference. The collection will be particularly useful as a database allowing scattered and often inaccessible material to be easily located. It will also be welcomed as a crucial tool permitting rapid access to less familiar—and sometimes overlooked—texts. For scholars and advanced students of Slave Studies, it is a vital one-stop resource.



1. Clare Anderson, ‘Convicts and Coolies: Rethinking Indentured Labour in the Nineteenth Century’, Slavery & Abolition, 2009, 31, 93–109.

2. Ira Berlin, ‘From Creole to African: Atlantic Creoles and the Origins of African-American Societies in Mainland North America’, William and Mary Quarterly, 1996, 3, 53, 251–88.

3. Vincent Brown, ‘Social Death and Political Life in the Study of Slavery’, American Historical Review, 2009, 114, 1231–49.

4. Gwyn Campbell, ‘The Economics of the Indian Ocean and Red Sea Slave Trades in the 19th Century: An Overview’, Slavery & Abolition, 1988, 90, 1–20.

5. Judith Carney, ‘"With Grains in Her Hair": Rice in Colonial Brazil’, Slavery & Abolition, 2004, 25, 1–27.

6. Richard Graham, ‘Another Middle Passage: The Internal Slave Trade in Brazil’, in Walter Johnson (ed.), The Chattel Principle: Internal Slave Trades in the Americas (Yale University Press, 2004), pp. 291–324.

7. Jerome S. Handler, ‘The Middle Passage and the Material Culture of Captive Africans’, Slavery & Abolition, 2009, 30, 1–26.

8. Paul Lovejoy and David V. Trotman, ‘Enslaved Africans and Their Expectations of Slave Life in the Americas: Towards a Reconsideration of Models of "Creolisation"’, in Verene A. Shepherd and Glen L. Richards (eds.), Questioning Creole: Creolisation Discourses in Caribbean Culture (Ian Randle Publishers, 2002), pp. 67–91.

9. Russell R. Menard and Stuart B. Schwartz, ‘Why African Slavery? Labor Force Transitions in Brazil, Mexico, and the Carolina Lowcountry’, in Wolfgang Binder (ed.), Slavery in the Americas (Wurzberg, 1993), pp. 89–114.

10. Jennifer L. Morgan, ‘"Some Could Suckle Over Their Shoulders": Male Travelers, Female Bodies, and the Gendering of Racial Ideology, 1500–1770’, William and Mary Quarterly, 1997, 3, 54, 167–92.

11. David Richardson, ‘Shipboard Revolts, African Authority, and the Atlantic Slave Trade’, William and Mary Quarterly, 2001, 3, 58, 69–92.

12. Walter Rodney, ‘Slavery and Other Forms of Social Oppression on the Upper Guinea Coast in the Context of the Atlantic Slave Trade’, Journal of African History, 1966, 7, 431–43.

13. Brett Rushforth, ‘"A Little Flesh We Offer": The Origins of Slavery in New France’, William and Mary Quarterly, 2003, 3, 60, 777–88.

14. A. J. R. Russell-Wood, ‘Iberian Expansion and the Issue of Black Slavery: Changing Portuguese Attitudes, 1440–1770’, American Historical Review, 1978, 83, 16–42.

15. Daniel L. Schafer, ‘Family Ties That Bind: Anglo-African Slave Traders in Africa and Florida, John Fraser and His Descendants’, Slavery & Abolition, 1999, 20, 1–21.

16. John K. Thornton, ‘Cannibals, Witches, and Slave Traders in the Atlantic World’, William and Mary Quarterly, 2003, 3, 60, 273–94.


17. Henrice Altink, ‘Deviant and Dangerous: Pro-Slavery Representations of Jamaican Slave Women’s Sexuality, c. 1780–1834’, Slavery & Abolition, 2005, 26, 269–96.

18. Trevor Burnard and Richard Follett, ‘Caribbean Slavery, British Anti-Slavery and the Cultural Politics of Venereal Disease’, Historical Journal, 2012, 55, 2, 427–54.

19. Cheryll Ann Cody, ‘There Was No "Absalom"’ On The Ball Plantations: Slave-Naming Practices in the South Carolina Low Country, 1720–1856’, in Gad Heuman and James Walvin (eds.), The Slavery Reader (Routledge, 2003), pp. 300–31.

20. David Eltis, Frank W. Lewis, and David Richardson, ‘Slave Prices, the African Slave Trade and Productivity in the Caribbean’, Economic History Review, 2005, 58, 673–700.

21. Richard Follett, ‘Heat, Sex, and Sugar: Pregnancy and Childbearing in the Slave Quarters’, Journal of Family History, 2003, 28, 510–39.

22. David Patrick Geggus, ‘Sugar and Coffee Cultivation in Saint Domingue and the Shaping of the Slave Labor Force’, in Ira Berlin and Philip D. Morgan (eds.), Cultivation and Culture: Labour and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas (University of Virginia Press, 1993), pp. 73–98.

23. B. W. Higman, ‘Household Structure and Fertility on Jamaican Slave Plantations: A Nineteenth Century Example’, Population Studies, 1973, 27, 527–50.

24. Mary Karasch, ‘Slave Women on the Brazilian Frontier’, in David Barry Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine (eds.), More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas (Indiana University Press, 1996), pp. 79–96.

25. Kenneth Morgan, ‘Slave Women and Reproduction in Jamaica, c. 1776–1834’, History, 2006, 91, 231–53.

26. Philip D. Morgan, ‘Task and Gang Systems: The Organization of Labor on New World Plantations’, in Stephen Innes (ed.), Work and Labor in Early America (University of North Carolina Press, 1988), pp. 189–220.

27. Sue Peabody, ‘Négresse, Mulātresse, Citoyenne: Gender and Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1650–1848’, in Pamela Scully and Diana Paton (eds.), Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World (Duke University Press, 2005), pp. 56–78.

28. Richard Price, ‘Subsistence on the Plantation Periphery: Crops, Cooking and Labour Among Eighteenth-Century Suriname Maroons’, Slavery & Abolition, 1991, 12, 107–27.

29. Felix V. Matros Rodriguez, ‘Libertas Citadinas; Free Women of Color in San Juan, Puerto Rico’, in David Barry Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine (eds.), Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas (University of Illinois Press, 2004), pp. 202–18.

30. Michael Tadman, ‘The Demographic Cost of Sugar: Debates on Slave Societies and Natural Increase in the Americas’, American Historical Review, 2000, 105, 1534–75.

31. Dale Tomich, ‘Une Petite Guinee: Provision Ground and Plantation in Martinique, 1830–1848’, Slavery & Abolition, 1991, 12, 1, 68–91.

32. Betty Wood and T. R. Clayton, ‘Slave Birth, Death, and Disease on Golden Grove Plantation, Jamaica, 1765–1810’, Slavery & Abolition, 1985, 6, 99–121.


33. Vincent Brown, ‘Spiritual Terror and Sacred Authority in Jamaican Slave Society’, Slavery & Abolition, 2003, 24, 1, 24–53.

34. Stephanie M. H. Camp, ‘The Pleasures of Resistance: Enslaved Women and Body Politics in the Plantation South, 1830–1861’, Journal of Southern History, 2002, 68, 533–72.

35. Alejandro De la Fuente, ‘Slave Law and Claim Making in Cuba: The Tannenbaum Debate Revisited’ (with comments by Mariá Elena Diaz and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara), Law and History Review, 2004, 22, 339–88.

36. Douglas R. Egerton, ‘Nat Turner in a Hemispheric Context’, in Kenneth S. Greenberg (ed.), Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory (Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 134–47.

37. Gad Heuman, ‘Runaway Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Barbados’, Slavery & Abolition, 1985, 6, 95–111.

38. Jane G. Landers, ‘Cimarrón and Citizen: The Evolution of Free Black Towns’, in Landers and Robinson (eds.), Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives (University of New Mexico Press, 2006), pp. 111–45.

39. J. Lorand Matory, ‘The English Professors of Brazil: On the Diasporic Roots of the Yoruba Nation’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 1999, 41, 72–103.

40. Sidney Mintz and Richard Price, ‘The Birth of African American Culture’, in Timothy E. Fulop and Albert J. Raboteau (eds.), African American Religion: Interpretive Essays in History and Culture (Routledge, 1997), pp. 37–53.

41. Philip D. Morgan, ‘The Cultural Implications of the Atlantic Slave Trade: African Regional Origins, American Destinations and New World Developments’, Slavery & Abolition, 2007, 18, 122–45.

42. David Northrup, ‘Igbo and Myth Igbo: Culture and Authority in the Atlantic World, 1600–1850’, Slavery & Abolition, 2000, 21, 1–20.

43. Diana Paton, ‘Witchcraft, Poison, Law, and Atlantic Slavery’, William and Mary Quarterly, 2012, 69, 2, 235–69.

44. John Savage, ‘"Black Magic" and White Terror: Slave Poisoning and Colonial Society in Early 19th Century Martinique’, Journal of Social History, 2007, 40, 635–62.

45. Stuart B. Schwartz, ‘Cantos and Quilombos: A Hausa Rebellion in Bahia, 1814’, in Landers and Robinson (eds.), Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives (University of New Mexico Press, 2006), pp. 247–71.

46. Mark Smith, ‘Remembering Mary, Shaping Revolt: Reconsidering the Stono Rebellion’, Journal of Southern History, 2001, 67, 513–34.

47. James H. Sweet, ‘Mistaken Identities? Olaudah Equiano, Domingo Alvares, and the Methodological Challenges of Studying the African Diaspora’, American Historical Review, 2009, 114, 279–306.

48. John K. Thornton, ‘African Dimensions of the Stono Rebellion’, American Historical Review, 1991, 96, 1101–13.


49. George Reid Andrews, ‘Black and White Workers: Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1888–1928’, in Rebecca Scott et al. (eds.), The Abolition of Slavery and the Aftermath of Emancipation in Brazil (Duke University Press, 1988), pp. 87–114.

50. Manuel Barcia, ‘Fighting with the Enemy’s Words: The Usage of the Colonial Legal Framework by Nineteenth-Century Cuban Slaves’, Atlantic Studies, 2006, 3, 159–81.

51. Robin Blackburn, ‘Haiti, Slavery and the Age of Democratic Revolution’, William and Mary Quarterly, 2006, 3, 63, 643–74.

52. Bridget Brereton, ‘Family Strategies, Gender and the Shift to Wage Labour in the British Caribbean’, in Bridget Brereton and Kelvin Yelvington (eds.), The Colonial Caribbean in Transition: Essays on Postemancipation Social and Cultural History (University of Florida Press, 1999), pp. 77–107.

53. Christopher Leslie Brown, ‘Empire without Slaves: British Concepts of Emancipation in the Age of the American Revolution’, William & Mary Quarterly, 1999, 3, 56, 2, 273–306.

54. Mariana P. Candido, ‘African Freedom Suits and Portuguese Vassal Status: Legal Mechanisms for Fighting Enslavement in Benguela, Angola, 1800–1830’, Slavery & Abolition, 2011, 32, 447–59.

55. Sidney Chalhoub, ‘The Politics of Silence: Race and Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Brazil’, Slavery & Abolition, 2006, 27, 71–85.

56. Seymour Drescher, ‘Whose Abolition? Popular Pressure and the Ending of the British Slave Trade’, Past and Present, 1994, 143, 135–66.

57. Laurent Dubois, ‘An Enslaved Enlightenment: Rethinking the Intellectual History of the French Atlantic’, Social History, 2006, 31, 1–14.

58. John Garrigus, ‘Opportunist or Patriot? Julien Raimond (1744–1811) and the Haitian Revolution’, Slavery & Abolition, 2007, 28, 1–21.

59. David Geggus, ‘On the Eve of the Haitian Revolution: Slave Runaways in Saint Domingue in the Year 1790’, in Gad Heuman (ed.), Out of the House of Bondage (Frank Cass, 1985), pp. 112–30.

60. Walter Johnson, ‘On Agency’, Journal of Social History, 2003, 37, 113–24.

61. Roger A. Kittleson, ‘Women and Notions of Womanhood in Brazilian Abolitionism’, in Pamela Scully and Diana Paton (eds.), Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World (Duke University Press, 2005), pp. 99–120.

62. Jane Landers, ‘Transforming Bondsmen into Vassals: Arming Slaves in Colonial Spanish America’, in Christopher Leslie Brown and Philip D. Morgan (eds.), Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age (Yale University Press, 2006), pp. 120–45.

63. Robert A. Olwell, ‘"Domestick Enemies": Slavery and Political Independence in South Carolina, May 1775–March 1776’, Journal of South Carolina History, 1989, 55, 21–48.

64. Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, ‘Jacques-Pierre Brissot and the Fate of Atlantic Antislavery During the Age of Revolutionary Wars’, in Richard Bessel, Nicholas Guyatt, and Jane Rendall (eds.), War, Empire and Slavery, 1770–1830 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 139–56.

65. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, ‘Empires Against Emancipation: Spain, Brazil and the Abolition of Slavery’, Review, 2008, 31, 2, 101–20.

66. Rebecca Scott, ‘Paper Thin: Freedom and Re-enslavement in the Diaspora of the Haitian Revolution’, Law and History Review, 2011, 29, 1061–87.

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