Sunday Evening Post: Roll, Jordan, Roll

I finished Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker last night, or rather very early this morning, and have moved on to Eugene Genovese’s Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. Holy crap is this book dense. Stampp’s The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South is written in a much less academic, more accessible style. I’m barely into the first chapter of Roll, Jordan, Roll and Genovese is slinging around advanced comparisons to other labor systems, like Marxism.

He’s also making a really interesting case for legal protections for enslaved people being more robust than Stampp portrayed them as. So far so good, but it’s slow reading since it’s the kind of book that crowds your head.


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