"In ten sparkling chapters the book details and illuminates every aspect of slavery....Slavery is viewed not as a method of regulating race relations, not as an arrangement that was in its essence paternalistic, but as a practical system of controlling and exploiting labor. How the slaves worked, how they resisted bondage, how they were disciplined, how they lived their lives in the quarters, and how they behaved toward each other and toward their masters are themes which receive full exploration.... The materials are handled with imagination and verve, the style is polished, the factual evidence is precise and accurate. Some scholars will disagree with the conclusions. No one can afford to disregard them."-- Frank W. Klingberg, American Historical Review
"The Peculiar Institution is one of the most important and provocative works on Southern history to appear in our generation."-- David Donald, Commentary
I read this book years ago and my copy was damaged when our sump pump misfunctioned! A mess! So, have recently retired and am re-reading some of my favorite books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lynn j barbour
By reading this book and other books on slavery, the death of President Lincoln, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow, the reader gets an understanding of the source of current problems of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Neil Karl
This is the classic book on slavery in America. Kenneth Stampp is a fine author, and his work has held up well over the years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott O
Cast in the social mode of the 1950s, this is a seminal work because it dispassionately makes at least one correct main assumption, one that just happens to lie at the heart of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Herbert L Calhoun
Read this book for a Grad school class.
It is organized and concise, and I strongly recommend for research on the South and slavery.