From Homicide to Slavery: Studies in American Culture

From Homicide to Slavery: Studies in American Culture

by David Brion Davis


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For more than twenty years David Brion Davis has been recognized as a leading authority on the moral and ideological responses to slavery in the Western world. From Homicide to Slavery, Davis's first book of collected essays, brings together selections reflecting his wide-ranging interests in colonial history, Afro-American history, the social sciences, and American literature. The essays are interconnected by Davis's central concern with violence, irrationality, and the definition of moral limits during a period when Americans believed they were breaking free from historical constraints and acquiring new powers of self-perfection. Topics range from a socially revealing murder trial in 1843 to debates over capital punishment, movements of counter-subversion, the iconography of race, the cowboy as an American hero, the portrayal of violence in American literature, the historiography of slavery, and the British and American antislavery movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195054187
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/24/1988
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 418,236
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

I.Violence and Virility in American Culture
1.Murder in New Hampshire3
2.The Movement To Abolish Capital Punishment in America, 1787-186117
3.Violence in American Literature41
4.Stress-Seeking and the Self-Made Man in American Literature, 1894-191452
II.The Redeeming West
5.Ten-Gallon Hero75
6.The Deerslayer, A Democratic Knight of the Wilderness: Cooper, 184190
7.Marlboro Country104
8.Secrets of the Mormons113
III.Problems of Loyalty and Identity
9.Patricide and Regicide127
10.Some Themes of Counter-Subversion: An Analysis of Anti-Masonic, Anti-Catholic, and Anti-Mormon Literature137
11.Some Ideological Functions of Prejudice in Ante-Bellum America155
12.The American Family and Boundaries in Historical Perspective166
IV.Studies in Slavery and Antislavery
13.Slavery, and the Post-World War II Historians187
14.Of Human Bondage207
15.Out of the Shadows218
16.New Sidelights on Early Antislavery Radicalism228
17.The Emergence of Immediatism in British and American Antislavery Thought238
18.James Cropper and the British Anti-Slavery Movement
19.American Slavery and the American Revolution290

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