On such diverse issues as black population growth, the strength of the slave family, the efficiency and profitability of slavery, the diet and health care of bondsmen, the maturation of slave culture, the varieties of slave resistance, and the participation of blacks in the Civil War, Black Southerners provides a balanced and judicious treatment.
This revealing interpretation of the black experience in the South emphasizes the evolution of slavery over time and the emergence of a rich, hybrid African American culture. From the incisive discussion on the origins of slavery in the Chesapeake colonies, John Boles embarks on an interpretation of a vast body of demographic, anthropological, and comparative scholarship to explore the character of black bondage in the American South. On such diverse issues as black population growth, the strength of the slave family, the efficiency and profitability of slavery, the diet and health care of bondsmen, the maturation of slave culture, the varieties of slave resistance, and the participation of blacks in the Civil War, Black Southerners provides a balanced and judicious treatment.
"An undervalued classic of American letters. It belongs on a bookshelf sandwiched between Twain's Life on the Mississippi and Thoreau's Walden." -- Ohio Magazine
"Harlan Hubbard is one of the best writers about 'alternative' life in America. His graceful prose is a model for writers in the same way his and Anna's lives are models for all people who seek to live in nature with grace and economy." -- Gurney Norman
"Some books, such as Thoreau's Walden, or Nearing's Living The Good Life, have become a permanent part of my home library. Every so often I reread them, my life's intervening experience lending new insight to the author's words. Shantyboat is such a book, and as I return my dog-eared copy to the bookcase, I know that someday I will read it yet again and it will once more offer a fresh perspective of my own life." -- WoodenBoat
"The boat conveys its household into the wilderness. From its windows... the world is newly seen and understood. But also newly understood are the meanings of being married, of living together, of having neighbors, of the skills and arts by which people house, feed, and please themselves, and care for one another." -- Wendell Berry, from the Foreword
About Harlan Hubbard
Harlan and Anna Hubbard lived at Payne Hollow, Trimble County, Kentucky, where they spent the first summer of the journey described in Shantyboat.
Shantyboat: A River Way of Life by Harlan Hubbard
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The University Press of Kentucky
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