Stanley Elkins Slavery
This is a Research paper and book report on Stanley Elkins Slavery. The report should include historical interpretation of slavery.
Stanley Elkin's Slavery Research Paper
Read Stanley Elkins' Slavery and then write a term paper comparative analysis of Elkins' historical interpretation of slavery with James McPherson's interpretation in Ordeal by Fire.
Your term paper should address the following questions in your essay:
What are the points of agreement and disagreement between the two authors, Stanley Elkins and James McPherson, concerning the institution of slavery?
How much control did the masters have over their slaves? Did the slaves exercise any autonomy over their own lives?
Did American devotion to limited government and laissez faire capitalism ameliorate the brutality of slavery?
What evidence does each author use to support his arguments, and is the evidence anecdotal or quantifiable?
Which author more accurately describes antebellum American slavery? Why?