Since its initial publication in 1950, Slavery in Alabama remains
the only comprehensive statewide study of the institution of
slavery in Alabama. Sellers concentrates on examining the social
and economic aspects of how slavery operated in the state. After a
brief discussion of slavery under imperial rulers of the colonial
and territorial periods, Sellers focuses on the transplantation of
the slavery system from the Atlantic seaboard states to Alabama.
Sellers used the primary sources available to him, including
government documents, county and city records, personal papers,
church records, and newspapers. His discussions of the church and
the slave, and his treatment of the proslavery defense, deepen the
comprehensiveness of his study. His two sections of photographs are
special touches showing former slaves and churches with slave
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