1. What were some the traditional philosophical and religious justifications
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,
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
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.