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Engaging and accessibly written, Strange New Land explores the history of slavery and the struggle for freedom before the United States became a nation. Beginning with the colonization of North America, Peter Wood documents the transformation of slavery from a brutal form of indentured servitude to a full-blown system of racial domination. Strange New Land focuses on how Africans survived this brutal process--and ultimately shaped the contours of American racial slavery through numerous means, including:
Mastering English and making it their own
Converting to Christianity and transforming the religion
Holding fast to Islam or combining their spiritual beliefs with the faith of their masters
Recalling skills and beliefs, dances and stories from the Old World, which provided a key element in their triumphant story of survival
Listening to talk of liberty and freedom, of the rights of man and embracing it as a fundamental right--even petitioning colonial administrators and insisting on that right.
Against the troubling backdrop of American slavery, Strange New Land surveys black social and cultural life, superbly illustrating how such a diverse group of people from the shores of West and Central Africa became a community in North America.
Considered a classic study of southeastern Indians, "Powhatan's
Mantle" demonstrates how ethnohistory, demography, archaeology,
anthropology, and cartography can be brought together in fresh and
meaningful ways to illuminate life in the early South. In a series
of provocative original essays, a dozen leading scholars show how
diverse Native Americans interacted with newcomers from Europe and
Africa during the three hundred years of dramatic change beginning
in the early sixteenth century.
Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion
A groundbreaking study of two cultures in early America.
"Easily the most thorough and the most penetrating case study yet written of the Afro-American population during the slave period. . . . Fascinating and instructive."-Jack P. Greene
"Mr. Wood has gone beyond any previous study of the history of slavery in the colonial period. . . . He has given us new perspectives not only on slavery but on human relationships in early America."-Edmund S. Morgan, author of American Slavery / American Freedom
Peter H. Wood is professor of American history at Duke University.
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The admired American painter Winslow Homer rose to national attention during the Civil War. But one of his most important early images remained unknown for a century. The renowned artist is best known for depicting ships and sailors, hunters and fishermen, rural vignettes and coastal scenes. Yet he also created some of the first serious black figures in American art. Near Andersonville (1865-66) is the earliest and least known of these impressive images. Peter Wood, a leading expert on Homer's images of blacks, reveals the long-hidden story of this remarkable Civil War painting. His brisk narrative locates the picture in southwest Georgia in August 1864 and provides its military and political context. Wood underscores the agony of the Andersonville prison camp and highlights a huge but little-known cavalry foray ordered by General Sherman as he laid siege to Atlanta. Homer's image takes viewers "behind enemy lines" to consider the utter failure of "Stoneman's Raid" from the perspective of an enslaved black Southerner. By examining the interplay of symbolic elements, Wood reveals a picture pregnant with meaning. He links it to Abraham Lincoln's presidential campaign of 1864 and underscores the enduring importance of Homer's thoughtful black woman. The painter adopted a bottom-up perspective on slavery and emancipation that most scholars needed another century to discover. By integrating art and history, Wood's provocative study gives us a fresh vantage point on Homer's early career, the struggle to end slavery, and the dramatic closing years of the Civil War.
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