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An Extraordinary Work
on February 5, 2014
This book is a rich, fascinating--and highly readable--conclusion to Davis's great trilogy. His body of work on slavery has left all the rest of us who have studied or written about this subject in his debt. Most historians tend to have one particular angle of vision that becomes their hallmark, but not Davis. I cannot think of another historian who comes at his subject so thoughtfully from so many different angles: the history of ideas, the influence of religion, psychological dynamics, the closely-examined lived experience of slaves, their masters, and slavery's opponents across centuries, countries and continents.