HIST 564
These questions pertain to all of the readings for week 3: the xeroxed chapters from Davis and Blackburn as well as the two book reviews posted on the web by Robinson and Davis (the page numbers below refer to the xeroxed readings). Please type your answers and bring them to class.

1. What were some the traditional philosophical and religious justifications of slavery?

2. According to Blackburn, how does traditional slavery differ from the “new species” of New World slavery?

3. What were some the first attacks on slavery? (philosophical, religious, legal, political)

4. On page 41 Davis states, “In the 1760s there was nothing unprecedented about chattel slavery, even the slavery of one ethnic group to another. What was unprecedented by the 1760s and early 1770s was the emergence of a widespread conviction that New World slavery symbolized all the forces that threatened the true destiny of man. How does one explain this shift in moral consciousness?”
How does Davis begin to answer to this query? What kinds of things, according to Davis, do not help to explain this shift.

5. How does the Age of Revolution affect slavery in different parts of the Atlantic world?

6. According to Blackburn, what is the connection between the development of capitalism and antislavery?

7. How do you interpret Davis’ assertion on page 15: “A sharp distinction must be drawn between, on the one hand, paternalizing the past for not knowing what we think we know now and, on the other, using all the tools and concepts at our disposal for understanding our own paternity.”