Prelude. Two Infant Slave Societies -- Pt. I. Contours of the Plantation Experience. 1. Two Plantation Worlds. 2. Material Life. 3. Fieldwork. 4. Skilled Work -- Pt. II. Encounters Between Whites and Blacks. 5. Patriarchs, Plain Folk, and Slaves. 6. Economic Exchanges between Whites and Blacks. 7. Social Transactions between Whites and Blacks -- Pt. III. The Black World. 8. African American Societies. 9. Family Life. 10. African American Cultures -- Coda. Two Mature Slave Societies.
"On the eve of the American Revolution, nearly three-quarters of all African Americans in mainland British America lived in two regions: the Chesapeake, centered in Virginia, and the Low-country, with its hub in South Carolina. Here, Philip Morgan compares and contrasts African American life in these two regional black cultures, exploring the differences as well as the similarities. The result is a detailed and comprehensive view of slave life in the colonial American South."--BOOK JACKET.