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Slave and Citizen [Kindle Edition]

Frank Tannenbaum
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Slave & Citizen deals with one of the most intriguing problems presented by the development of the New World: the contrast between the legal and social positions of the Negro in the United States and in Latin America. It is well-known that in Brazil and in the Caribbean area, Negroes do not suffer legal or even major social disabilities on account of color, and that a long history of acceptance and miscegenation has erased the sharp line between white and colored. Professor Tannenbaum, one of our leading authorities on Latin America, asks why there has been such a sharp distinction between the United States and the other parts of the New World into which Negroes were originally brought as slaves.

In the legal structure of the United States, the Negro slave became property. There has been little experience with Negro slaves in England, and the ancient and medieval traditions affecting slavery had died out. As property, the slave was without rights to marriage, to children, to the product of his work, or to freedom.

In the Iberian peninsula, on the other hand, Negro slaves were common, and the laws affecting them were well developed. Therefore, in the colonies of Spain and Portugal, while the slave was the lowest person in the social order, he was still a human being, with some rights, and some means by which he might achieve freedom. Only the United States made a radical split with the tradition in which all men, even slaves, had certain inalienable rights.

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  • File Size: 1358 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (August 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MYCOTA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, concise work on American Slavery September 12, 2009
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I'm currently enrolled in a class discussing the history of slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean. This was one of the assigned readings, and I have to say that i found it the most informative, well supported, and enjoyable resource on the topic that we have yet used. i highly recommend this short book to anyone interested in the history of Slavery as an institution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutality in Yesteryear. July 13, 2009
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This book describes in candid, disturbing terms the awful degree of brutality suffered by the Negro slaves particularly during the ocean passage from Africa to the New World. How could one human being treat another with such totally insensitive disregard? Enlightening.
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