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  • Inhuman Bondage

  • The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World
  • By: David Brion Davis
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

In Inhuman Bondage, David Brion Davis sums up a lifetime of insight, beginning with the dramatic Amistad case. He looks at slavery in the American South, describing black slaveholding planters; the rise of the Cotton Kingdom; the daily life of ordinary slaves; the highly destructive internal long-distance slave trade; the sexual exploitation of slaves; the emergence of an African-American culture; and much more. A definitive history by a writer deeply immersed in the subject, Inhuman Bondage links together the profits of slavery, the pain of the enslaved, and the legacy of racism.

David Brion Davis is recognized as the leading authority on slavery in the Western world. His books have won such awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

©2006 David Brion Davis (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic reviews

"A tour de force....explaining what has made slavery's consequences so much a part of contemporary American culture and politics." ( New York Times Book Review)
"The broader perspective on American slavery, its social and economic impact on the growth of the U.S., forces readers to face the contradictions between our democratic ideals and economic impulses." ( Booklist)
"Davis...succeeds heroically in wrestling a vast amount of material from diverse cultures. The result is a sinewy book that combines erudition and everyday detail into a gripping, often surprising, narrative." ( Wall Street Journal)

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Great Audiobook

Great Audiobook that was very informative and helped to identify further reading that will expand my knowledge in regards to one of the most tramatic abuse that has happened to mankind

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  • Biggar Thomas
  • 14-06-08

Very Useful Contribution

This book will shock many who know little about the enslavement of Africans. Although the book addresses the enslavement of other peoples and also the system of indenture, it does so largely to give colour to its discussion about the enslavement of Africans and the creation and perpetuation of ant-Black racism. There is so much material about this period in history that I wish that Audible would make more material available. There is a slew of material on Audible about the Revolutionary War and the Civil War but most of it is told from the perspectives of great men or the battlefield. While it commences before the Revolutionary War, this book speaks to some of the most important social forces that gave rise to those wars and that indeed have given rise to modern America.

While some of the material in the book has been well covered elsewhere, some of it is rare and rarer yet have been attempts to bring to together a number of the disparate parts under this cover. The book is extremely well read.

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  • Daniel
  • 13-03-12

A History That I Learned Nowhere Else

What did you love best about Inhuman Bondage?

This book taught me more about the history of slavery than I have learned in a lifetime. It's a fascinating story, with perspective about the story of slavery that I thoroughly enjoyed learning. Slavery has been interwoven in the human experience for thousands of years, but the evolution and development of race slavery was a special case. This book is one of the best and most interesting history books that I read or listened to.

What about Raymond Todd’s performance did you like?

Todd has a great reading voice. I enjoyed listening to him.

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  • Photorealist
  • 22-07-15

A historically rigorous portrait of slavery

This is a wonderful and fascinating book which paints a detailed portrait of the intellectual and economic history of slavery in the new world. For me, Davis' dry style adds force to his treatment of the repellant subject. This book is relatively sparse on details of slave's everyday lives, instead it focuses on the ways in which the forced labor of African slaves was essential for the profitability of New World colonies and their successors, especially the American South. I believe that this focus prevents the reader from viewing slavery as the aberrant work of a few slave owning sadists and forces her to grapple with its foundational importance to the U.S. and other New World nations. This book ought to be part of every High School history curriculum.

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  • Marcos Trujillo Cue
  • 07-08-16

Excellent, but focused on English-speaking regions

I wish the author would have dived more deeply into slavery in Latin America as the title suggests, and that's why I gave it a 4 star review. Other than that the book is a masterpiece on the phenomenon of slavery in North America and the British West Indies as well as the origins of New World slavery in the XVI century.

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  • dan
  • 25-04-15

I learned many new things

A story clearly told full of the twists and turns that defy a straight (and narrow) understanding of our history. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • ariyaratne
  • 20-11-12

Looking objectively at a dark prieod of history

Would you listen to Inhuman Bondage again? Why?

I would like to listen to some parts again to refresh my memory in certain events.

What did you like best about this story?

It gives an overall picture of slavery in history. It is a thought provoking story. Humans can be very inhuman towards other living beings including humans. Even today slavery exists in less cruel forms, especially in the form of various exploitative situations.

Which scene was your favorite?

Civil war description.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Inhuman treatment to slaves by way of physical punishments are very sad.

Any additional comments?

This is a good source of information for any person who is interested in history.

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  • BB
  • 07-12-10

Soup to Nuts

Pretty good read on Slavery in the Americas leading up to the Civil War. The book covers the highlights from soups to nuts. Objective and informative.

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  • PM Lounge
  • 06-11-21

Inhumane Bondage

Great book for a cursory glance at the overall history of bondage/slavery. I feel strongly that a book concerning slavery has to bear responsibility on the perpetrators. It cannot and must not be presented as historical facts. I feel strongly that some will read this work and not be moved by the words within - with the understanding that some people will not be moved.

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  • Dannyu
  • 04-07-21

Enlightening story. Terrible narrator.

David Brion Davis' book is highly enlightening, especially regarding how the history of American slavery fits into the history of slavery of the entire western hemisphere, and the world. The book begins somewhat slowly and dryly, but the book picks up speed rapidly as it piles on tons of fascinating information about how slavery flourished, and ultimately was abolished.

I found the narrator terrible. He has a sing-song method of speaking with his voice rising at the beginning of a sentence and falling at the end. After a while, it drove me somewhat crazy, but I persisted due to the majesty of Mr. Davis' work. The book deserves to be read widely, but it would be great if a better narrator could be found.

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  • Alednam A Uonopk
  • 12-01-21

Very informative....

Added to the book list...

·Blacked Out Through Whitewash: Exposing the Quantum Deception/Rediscovering and Recovering Suppressed Melanated by Suzar

·Christopher Columbus & the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery & the Rise of European Capitalism by John Henrik Clarke

·They came before Columbus: The African Presence In Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima

·Stolen Legacy: The Egyptian Origins of Western Philosophy by George G M James

·How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

·The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism Within US Slave Culture by Vincent Woodard

·Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter

·Germany's black holocaust, 1890-1945 by Firpo W. Carr

·Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

·The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

·The Willie Lynch Letter and the Making of a Slave by Willie Lynch

·Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi

·White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

·The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood by Tommy Curry

·They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie Jones-Rogers

·The Destruction of Black Civilization : Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams

·The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

·Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

·The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction by Daniel Brook

·Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino

·African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean
By Herbert S. Klein, Ben Vinson III

·The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

·John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights by David S. Reynolds