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The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry by [Sublette, Ned, Sublette, Constance]
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“A massive story of impressive research…” —Kirkus Reviews

“The Sublettes offer an economic history and theory of slavery that is blunt in its assessment, unassailable in its argument and accessible to a general reader.” —The Guardian

"Ned and Constance Sublette have provided the world with one of the best history books ever written about the United States. Nominally about the slave breeding industry in the US South, The American Slave Coast is actually a sweeping, in-depth survey of the nation known as the United States." —Counterpunch

“Planters said that slavery was a peculiar domestic institution, a way of life. Abolitionists answered that it was the ugliest of businesses. For too long historians tried to split the difference but really took a side by calling it ‘the South,’ a society or a culture. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, Ned and Constance Sublette get it right: it was an industry, a particular market-tested brand with varieties adapted to its changing times and places. And like all industries it had a politics, too, that affected producers, consumers, and the workers who, in this peculiar case, were not only labor but also capital and, in the bodies of their children, product. The three-hundred-year story has rarely, if ever, been told so fully or so well.” —David Waldstreicher, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification 

“The American story cannot be told without a knowledge of its complete history. In The American Slave Coast, the Sublettes have painstakingly provided readers with both a compelling narrative and a well-documented and factual rendering. In addition, to its many other applications, The American Slave Coast will be extremely useful as an exemplar in the contemplated National Slavery Museum in Virginia.” —L. Douglas Wilder, Former Governor of Virginia and author of Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena

“It is not a quick read. But it is an excellent and important one, and should be first on the list of anyone wanting to better understand slavery and race issues in America.” —San Diego Book Review

“[T]his is a useful addition to the historiography of slavery.” —CHOICE

Despite the length, the Sublettes have constructed a heart rending, compelling, brilliant, and highly readable book, one that is best read out loud. Indeed, if we fail to understand how black bodies mattered in the past, we will surely misunderstand the movement and meaning in the present.” —African American Intellectual History Society

About the Author

Ned Sublette is the author of Cuba and Its MusicThe World that Made New Orleans, and The Year Before the FloodConstance Sublette has published, as Constance Ash, three novels and edited the anthology Not of Woman Born.

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  • File Size: 9596 KB
  • Print Length: 772 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1613748205
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (October 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015BWE3N6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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