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Slave Emancipation and Racial Attitudes in Nineteenth-Century South Africa

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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107022003

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  • This book examines the social transformation wrought by the abolition of slavery in 1834 in South Africa's Cape Colony. It pays particular attention to the effects of socioeconomic and cultural changes in the way both freed slaves and dominant whites adjusted to the new world. It compares South Africa's relatively peaceful transition from a slave- to a non-slave society to the bloody experience of the U.S. South after abolition, analyzing rape hysteria in both places as well as the significance of changing concepts of honor in the Cape. Finally, the book examines the early development of South Africa's particular brand of racism, arguing that abolition, not slavery itself, was a causative factor; although racist attitudes were largely absent while slavery persisted, they grew incrementally but steadily after abolition, driven primarily by whites' need for secure, exploitable labor.

    • Analyzes the early stage of racist attitudes in South Africa
    • Compares the violent experience of the United States with the peaceful one of South Africa
    • Describes the growth of a distinct Coloured culture in South Africa
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    "A clear written study of a neglected area of history, it will provide teachers with an important point of comparison with the parallel development of racism in the West Indies."
    Richard Brown, Historical Association Newsletter

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107022003
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 159 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. THE FOUNDATIONS oF a RACIAL ORDER:
    1. The passing of the slave system
    2. Labor and the economy
    Part II. CULTURAL AND POLITICAL FACTORS:
    3. Missions
    4. Respectability
    5. The frontier
    6. The trek
    7. Plagues
    Part III. RAPE, rACE, AND VIOLENCE:
    8. Violence
    9. Rape and other crimes
    10. Honor
    Part IV. A RACIAL ORDER:
    11. Sediment at the bottom of the mind
    12. An aristocracy of skin
    Appendix.

  • Author

    R. L. Watson, North Carolina Wesleyan College
    R. L. Watson is Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina Wesleyan College. He is the author of The Slave Question: Liberty and Property in South Africa (1990) and South Africa in Pictures (1989). His articles have appeared in journals including the Journal of African History, the International Journal of African Historical Studies and the South African Historical Journal.

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