Neither More Nor Less Than Men
Slavery in Georgia, A Documentary History
Edited By Mills Lane
Hardcover, 220 pp
From the Publisher:
As the title suggests, slave owners and their slaves were real people, and slavery, like most human institutions, was both kind and cruel, sometimes benevolent paternalism borne with patience and good will, sometimes harsh injustice endured. Twenty-five documents, or groups of documents, reveal aspects of this complicated institution, which existed in many different forms in many different places. The idea of plantation life is represented by the slave code, essays on slave management and pro-slavery propaganda. Four travelers visit one great planter, James Hamilton Couper, and describe his vast plantations and the labors, houses, food and clothes of his several hundred bondsmen. The plain realities of daily life are reflected in the letters of plantation owners and their overseers. The autobiographies of fugitive slaves and the recollections of former slaves illustrate the good-beside-evil contradictions of slavery as well as the dark side of plantation life.
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