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Faculty Book: Laird W. Bergad

Laird W. Bergad

The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States
(Cambridge University Press, 2007)

This book is an introductory history of racial slavery in the Americas that is also the first work to systemically survey slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the U.S. from comparative perspectives. Brazil and Cuba were among the first colonial societies to establish slavery in the early sixteenth century. Approximately a century later British colonial Virginia was founded, and slavery became an integral part of local culture and society. In all three nations, slavery spread to nearly every region, and in many areas it was the principal labor system utilized by rural and urban elites. Chapters focus on slave narratives, demography, economy, culture, resistance and rebellions, and the causes of abolition. Laird W. Bergad is director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and a professor of history at Lehman College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JUN 25, 2007

Category: Faculty Books, History