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Slave Counterpoint

Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

Philip Morgan

Cloth ISBN 978-0-8078-2409-2

Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-4717-6

Copyright 1998 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Bancroft Prize (1999)
  Albert J. Beveridge Award, American Historical Association (1998)
  Wesley-Logan Prize, American Historical Association (1998)
  Best Book Award, South Carolina Historical Society (1998)
  Elliott Rudwick Prize, Organization of American Historians (1998)
  Jacques Barzun Prize, American Philosophical Society (1998)
  Frederick Douglass Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (1999)
  Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association (1999)
  Library of Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction (1999)
  Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1998)

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“This book is without question the most comprehensive and richly documented account of African American life in the eighteenth-century plantation South...A must read for all early American historians!”

--Richard S. Dunn

“In every respect a terriffic piece of work. Far and away the fullest and most comprehensive analysis of the two principal colonial American slave societies, it is breathtaking in its scope.”

--Jack P. Greene

“Scholars who have long been tantalized by Philip Morgan’s many essays on slavery can now see the bigger picture to which these pieces belong. His book is a painstaking comparative study, rich in detail and deft in its use of the secondary literature.”

--Joyce E. Chaplin

“Philip Morgan’s Slave Counterpoint should prove a landmark in the study of southern slavery. Supported by an impressive command of the sources, primary and secondary, Morgan’s judicious, sometimes bold interpretations inspire confidence. And, as a bonus, this well-written book is refreshingly free of jargon and cant.”

--Eugene D. Genovese