Civil War Historian Kenneth M. Stampp Dies, 96
On Slavery – 8: The "Peculiar Institution"
The folks at the Berkeley’s public affairs office confirmed for me today that Kenneth M. Stampp died. His book The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South (1956) is required reading in my program and rightly so. The view into slavery was groundbreaking. A full obituary will be posted shortly on Berkeley’s news site. Condolences […]
On Slavery – 3
I believe the use of the phrase “peculiar institution” was intended to convey the highly contradictory nature of the practice of human ownership in a country based on equality and freedom. Regardless of what perspective one might have of slavery in America, it is difficult to argue against the fact that these contradictions existed. Historian […]
On Slavery – 1
[This post continues the series On Slavery (1 here and 2 here).] Kenneth Stampp in his book, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South, suggests that some owners of slaves were conflicted about the need to apply punishment in the control of slaves and yet most felt fully justified in imposing that control. He […]
Antebellum America Course Underway, New Books
I’m reading Kenneth M. Stampp’s fascinating book, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South for class. A focus this week and next is, among other things, the ways in which slave owners controlled their bondsmen. The methods varied considerably as did the ethical sensibilities of the masters and overseers. Stampp suggests that behavioral control […]
Class has started, Antebellum America. Books have been added to the reading list, some familiar and respected authors. First up, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South by Kenneth M. Stampp. And, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men by Eric Foner.