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I am a first period history student in Brazil, and have been studying the formation of American colonial societies during the 16th and 17th centuries. We have only now started studying the formation of North American societies and the 13 colonies. Our next class will be on how slavery developed in the USA and how it shaped its society.

But I've noticed that the available texts and materials are somewhat limited: the only available text is Slavery and Freedom: the American Paradox, a publication in the Journal of American History by professor Edmund S. Morgan.

So I got curious: what publications or books are used as references in the US, when studying the subject? As in, what do American history students first read on the subject of slavery and the trans-atlantic slave traffic?

  • Thanks a lot for your answer! But, I think it would be the latter, or at least texts with some amout of standards? I'd like to know what sorts of materials are recommended by professors for university students to read. I'm going to search for this recommendation too because the possible misconceptions are also really interesting, but I'd like to know the historiographic sources American history disciplines recommend to their students. – AlexKraft Jun 29 at 0:05
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Our next class will be on how slavery developed in the USA and how it shaped its society. But I've noticed that the available texts and materials are somewhat limited

Limited?!? Hardly!

Here are some general bibliographies on slavery. Not every item here is specific to the United States but you'll find loads of relevant stuff.

I'm not an expert on US slavery by any means but I'll close with a personal recommendation for one book in particular: The Plantation by E. T. Thompson. It's old but it's a classic, short and readable. It focuses on the US (specifically coastal Virginia) but it emphasizes general patterns that are relevant to Brazil and other contexts.

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    Thank you a lot! Those were exactly the sorts of texts I was looking for. I'm sorry, I was a little vague about what available material I meant was limited: I was referring to the texts recommended in the History of America 1 discipline's charter, here in Brazil. There are a lot of texts and references on latin america and Brazil, but not many on North American history. – AlexKraft Jun 29 at 19:41

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