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Published: 20 October 1988

528 Pages

5-5/16 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195056396

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The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture

David Brion Davis

This classic Pulitzer Prize-winning book depicts the various ways different societies have responded to the intrinsic contradictions of slavery from antiquity to the early 1770's in order to establish the uniqueness of the abolitionists' response. Davis provides a comparative analysis of slave systems in the Old World, a discussion of the early attitudes towards American slavery, and a detailed exploration of the early protests against Negro bondage, as well as the religious, literary, and philosophical developments that contributed to both sides in the controversies of the late eighteenth century. This exemplary introduction to the history of slavery in Western culture presents the traditions in thought and value that gave rise to the attitudes of both abolitionists and defenders of slavery in the late eighteenth century and the nineteenth century.

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