1st Edition

An Analysis of David Brion Davis's The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823





ISBN 9781912128167
Published July 5, 2017 by Macat Library
89 Pages

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Book Description

How was it possible for opponents of slavery to be so vocal in opposing the practice, when they were so accepting of the economic exploitation of workers in western factories – many of which were owned by prominent abolitionists? David Brion Davis's The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823, uses the critical thinking skill of analysis to break down the various arguments that were used to condemn one set of controversial practices, and examine those that were used to defend another. His study allows us to see clear differences in reasoning and to test the assumptions made by each argument in turn. The result is an eye-opening explanation that makes it clear exactly how contemporaries resolved this apparent dichotomy – one that allows us to judge whether the opponents of slavery were clear-eyed idealists, or simply deployers of arguments that pandered to their own base economic interests.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text 

Who was David Brion Davis? 

What does The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823 Say? 

Why does The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823 Matter?  

Section 1: Influences  

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context  

Module 2: Academic Context 

Module 3: The Problem 

Module 4: The Author's Contribution  

Section 2: Ideas 

Module 5: Main Ideas  

Module 6: Secondary Ideas  

Module 7: Achievement 

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work  

Section 3: Impact  

Module 9: The First Responses 

Module 10: The Evolving Debate  

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today  

Module 12: Where Next? 

Glossary of Terms 

People Mentioned in the Text  

Works Cited

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Author(s)

Biography

Dr Duncan Money holds a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford, with research focusing on mining in the African Copperbelt. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Studies Group, University of the Free State in South Africa.

Dr Jason Xidias has held positions at King’s College London, the University of California, Berkeley, and the New College of the Humanities in London.