[Marxism] Genovese

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sat Nov 26 12:51:31 MST 2005

Josh Saxe wrote:

> Slaves are much different than artisans who had a relatively  
> privileged place under the old European mercantile economies.   
> Slaves didn't write a lot of political tracts, didn't typically  
> become literate preachers in Protestant churches, didn't typically  
> join Francophile/Jacobin clubs, etc - so one can theorize about a  
> "Making of the American Slaves" book but the sources simply don't  
> exist, and never will, to write the kind of book you're setting up  
> as an alternative to Genovese.

"From 1760-1947, more than 200 book-length slave narratives were  
published in the United States and England, and according to Marion  
Starling (The Slave Narrative: Its Place in American History, 1982)  
more than 6,000 are known to exist" ("The Slave Narrative," <http:// 
www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/slave.htm>).  Genovese's Roll, Jordan,  
Roll makes use of only a few of them, and very sparingly, too, which  
is surprising given the book's subject (the World the Slaves Made).

Yoshie Furuhashi

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