Comparative Slavery

How does contemporary slavery, as described in Kevin Bales�s Disposable People, fit with its historical antecedent? What are the

similarities, and what are the differences? Are the examples of contemporary slavery described by Bales similar to or distinct from Paul

Lovejoy�s historical definition of the term? How does contemporary slavery compare with the historical examples from the sources listed

below: the sugar plantations of Jamaica and the French Antilles, and the tobacco, cotton, and sugar plantations of the United States? Is

the legal status of slavery different today, and if so, what does this mean for the following issues: 1) where and how slaves were

�recruited�; 2) living conditions, including subsistence, sexuality, and possibilities for travel, socializing, and leisure; 3) where and

how labor was utilized�i.e., in what kinds of activities and in what kinds of enterprises; 4) the negative and positive ways slaves were

coerced; 5) and the possibilities for resistance, escape, manumission or emancipation. In each case you must explain your answer

thoroughly, and explicitly link it to evidence from the following sources-

Kevin Bales – Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy


Trevor Burnard – Mastery, Tyranny, & Desire

Bernard Moitt – Women and Slavery in the French Antilles, 1635-1848

Herbert S. Klein – The Atlantic Slave Trade

Paul Lovejoy- Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa, p. 1-35

William Phillips, Jr.- Slavery from Roman Times to the Early Transatlantic Trade, p. 88-113

Robin Blackburn – The Making of New World Slavery: from the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800, p. 97-156

Peter Kolchin – American Slavery, 1619-1877, p. 93-132

Stuart Schwartz – Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society: Bahia, 1550-1835,
p. 90-145

Schwartz – Resistance and Accommodation in Eighteenth Century Brazil

David Geggus – Haitian Revolutionary Studies,

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