“Many Thousands Gone” by Ira Berlin

“Many Thousands Gone” by Ira Berlin

Book Review

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When Americans glance at slavery, they summon up images of tired black bodies picking cotton from sunup to sundown under Southern skies. That impression is partially factual, however, as the renowned history professor Ira Berlin delegates, the existences of slaves in America’s racist system were complicated and assorted. Berlin brings to light the color-caste codes of the Afro-Creoles of the Chesapeake, the continued existence of African culture in the South Carolina, Georgia and Florida coastal area, and the combination of Africans with French and Spanish in the Mississippi Delta area. (more…)