"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
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 4 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.
Just as there are holocaust deniers, there are those who deny the Civil War was about slavery. Slavery was an evil that needed to be extinguished. Read morePublished 15 months ago by gustav zantanon
I can't wait as I peeked through the pages I will be required to read next week. Stampp's writing is comprehensive and insight is valuable.Published 17 months ago by alexdude
Needed this for school and is a great manual. Will not sell after graduation as it is a book you can always use. Great price and fast shippingPublished 18 months ago by Brown Southern Cali Gal
This work was a turning point in historiography of slavery in America. As such, I find it essential to a personal collection of American Civil War history books.Published 23 months ago by Patricia C. Andrews
A major landmark on slavery, Stampp's book is too often judged harshly by current standards. The controversial line in the Preface, "... Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by Chimonsho