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Many Thousands Gone

The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

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$33.00 • £23.95 • €29.50

ISBN 9780674002111

Publication: March 2000


512 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 maps, 4 woodcuts, 3 tables

Belknap Press


  • Prologue: Making Slavery, Making Race
  • I. Societies with Slaves: The Charter Generations
    • 1. Emergence of Atlantic Creoles in the Chesapeake
    • 2. Expansion of Creole Society in the North
    • 3. Divergent Paths in the Lowcountry
    • 4. Devolution in the Lower Mississippi Valley
  • II. Slave Societies: The Plantation Generations
    • 5. The Tobacco Revolution in the Chesapeake
    • 6. The Rice Revolution in the Lowcountry
    • 7. Growth and the Transformation of Black Life in the North
    • 8. Stagnation and Transformation in the Lower Mississippi Valley
  • III. Slave and Free: The Revolutionary Generations
    • 9. The Slow Death of Slavery in the North
    • 10. The Union of African-American Society in the Upper South
    • 11. Fragmentation in the Lower South
    • 12. Slavery and Freedom in the Lower Mississippi Valley
  • Epilogue: Making Race, Making Slavery
  • Tables
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 1999 Bancroft Prize, Columbia University
  • 1999 Elliott Rudwick Prize, Organization of American Historians
  • Co-Winner, 1999 Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association
  • Honorable Mention, 1999 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America
  • 1998 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, History Category
  • Finalist, 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, History Category
  • 1998 Top 10 Pick, Nonfiction Category, The Christian Science Monitor
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