Analysis Of Many Thousands Gone

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In Ira Berlin’s book, Many Thousands Gone, the main focus is on the transformations that slavery went through from 1619 to 1800. Also, Ira Berlin investigates the ways that slaves and their owners discussed freedom. Meaning that the slaves actions, no matter how powerful the slave owner was, the actions were not in his power. This makes the history of slavery a time of African American failures and successes in strategies. Ira Berlin focuses on the first two centuries of slavery in America in four major regions. Those four major regions being The North, The Chesapeake, The South Carolina-Georgia-Florida Lowcountry, and the Mississippi Valley. This all happens in the three periods that Ira Berlin chooses to focus on; the charter…show more content…
“But putting together a synthesis of a burgeoning field while offering up a new interpretive perspective is a tall order. In his most recent book, Ira Berlin has delivered the synoptic, yet forward-moving, study of colonial slavery that scholars have needed for the past thirty years” (Hadden). One important part from Ira Berlin’s thesis is how he changes geographical locations and time periods to show the different stages. All throughout the book, each chapter, has a different location and as the reader reads through the book the years move forward. That is how the reader can read about the four different regions of America; The North, The Chesapeake, The South Carolina-Georgia-Florida Lowcountry, and the Mississippi Valley. Also the three main time periods; the charter generations of the seventeenth century, the eighteenth century, and the revolutionary period. All the while Ira Berlin starts at 1619 and ends in the 1800s. “Slave conditions in the lowcountry were similar to those in the Chesapeake and North except that here they were taken to extremes” (chapter 3). This quote proves that Ira Berlin moved regions in the book, but still focused on slavery in each. Also, the focus was specific to slavery in each region. While Ira Berlin compared and contrasted each region and time period of slavery together in the chapters also.
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