In the Image of God: Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery

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In this broad-ranging book, the preeminent authority on the history of slavery meditates on the orgins, experience, and legacy of this "peculiar institution." David Brion Davis begins with a substantial and highly personal introduction in which he discusses some of the major ideas and individuals that have shaped his approach to history. He then presents a series of interlocking essays that cover topics including slave resistance, the historical construction of race, and the connections between the abolitionist movement and the struggle for women's rights. The book also includes essays on such major figures as Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as appreciations of two of the finest historians of the twentieth century: C. Vann Woodward and Eugene D. Genovese. Gathered together for the first time, these essays present the major intellectual, historical, and moral issues essential to the study of New World slavery and its devastating legacy. Book jacket.

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From Religion to Slavery
12
An American Jeremiah
19
Martin Luther King Jr
29
Religion and American Culture
37
American Jews and the Meritocratic Experiment
47
The Slave Trade and the Jews
63
Jews and Blacks in America
73
Historians of Two Generations
93
The Labyrinth of Slavery
178
The Significance of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787
189
The Benefit of Slavery
205
Capitalism Abolitionism and Hegemony
217
The Violence of Slavery as Experienced
235
The White World of Frederick Douglass
237
Life and Death in Slavery
248
The Ends of Slavery
260

C Vann Woodward
95
A Tribute to Woodward
108
Eugene D Genovese
110
Origins
121
At the Heart of Slavery
123
Slaves in Islam
137
A Big Business
151
The Triumph of the Country
165
White Wives and Slave Mothers
277
Terror in Mississippi
290
From the Construction of Race to the American Dilemma
305
The Culmination of Racial Polarities and Prejudice
323
The American Dilemma
343
The Other Revolution
359
Credits
377
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David Brion Davis was born in Denver, Colorado on February 16, 1927. After Army service in postwar occupied Germany, he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1950 and a Ph.D. in American history from Harvard University in 1956. He taught at Dartmouth and Cornell University before moving to Yale University in 1970. He was awarded a Sterling professorship in 1978 and was the founding director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition in 1998. He retired from teaching full time in 2001. He wrote or edited 16 books during his lifetime including Homicide in American Fiction, 1798-1860: A Study in Social Values; Slavery and Human Progress; In the Image of God: Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery; and Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture, a National Book Award and the Bancroft Prize in 1976 for The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 for The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation. He died on April 14, 2019 at the age of 92.

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