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Rice and Slaves

Ethnicity and the Slave Trade in Colonial South Carolina

Daniel Littlefield's investigation of colonial South Carolinianss preference for some African ethnic groups over others as slaves reveals how the Africans' diversity and capabilities inhibited the development of racial stereotypes and influenced their masters' perceptions of slaves. It also highlights how South Carolina, perhaps more than anywhere else in North America, exemplifies the common effort of Africans and Europeans in molding American civilization.


"Students of the Atlantic slave trade and of the colonial American slave economy will find Rice and Slaves to be an interesting set of explorations into an important set of issues."--David W. Galenson, American Historical Review

"A beautifully written volume. . . . It should blaze a path and present a challenge for all those interested in the impact of black culture upon the American colonies."--Hugh F. Rankin, Louisiana History

"A welcome addition to the growing literature of the important contributions made by African slaves to the development of American institutions."--James M. Clifton, North Carolina Historical Review

"Adheres to a growing consensus among recent students of black history in America by casting the enslaved Africans as creative, dynamic forces shaping American culture."--Randall M. Miller, Georgia Historical Quarterly


Daniel C. Littlefield is associate professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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