Her writing style gracefully conveys both the joys and the terrors of youth under slavery. Marie Jenkins Schwartz praised King's use of primary sources, passion for the topic, and photographs, but lamented the original release's lack of child psychological perspective and exactitude of parental involvement in their children's enslavement. When unoccupied, the children tended to their own needs and played with toy and. Wilma King focuses the bulk of her book on the lost innocence of a childhood for children in bondage in the antebellum south. Critics regarded Stolen Childhood positively for taking the of children, slavery, and education in an unexplored direction. King follows the slave childÕs experience through work, play and leisure, education, socialization, resistance to slavery, And The transition to freedom.
Ó ÑDavid Libby, Southern Historian ÒKingÕs deeply researched, well-written, passionate study places children and young adults at center stage in the North American slave experience. One of the most important books published on slave society, Stolen Childhood focuses on the millions of children and youth enslaved in 19th-century America. Ó ÑMary Warner Marien, Christian Science Monitor Wilma King argues that childhood was stolen from these childrenÑthey were forced into the workplace at an early age, subjected to arbitrary plantation authority and punishment, and were separated from family. One of the most important books published on slave society, Stolen Childhood focuses on the millions of children and youth enslaved in 19th-century America. Steckel in similarly desired comparison between slave and working-class children of the era. The children's degree of freedom depended on the mother's status.
It is a significant contribution to the growing body of international works on the history of childhood. This enlarged and revised edition reflects the abundance of new scholarship on slavery that has emerged in the 15 years since the first edition. This enlarged and revised edition reflects the abundance of new scholarship on slavery that has emerged in the 15 years since the first edition. Jane Turner Censer pointed to Brenda Stevenson's connection between slaves' brutal treatment and their force used on children as missing from the volume. King shows how enslaved children were educated for survival and resistance. They did many of the chores at an early age that the children in the West did.
Sylva thought the book suffered from weak style and structure, with good research lost in vague topic sentences and conclusions. Journal of Third World Studies. While the structure of the book remains the same, Wilma King has expanded its scope to include the international dimension with a new chapter on the transatlantic trade in African children, and the book's geographic boundaries now embrace slave-born children in the North. Although he was not the sole formulator of American diplomacy, Jefferson's voice was the most pervasive in the first generation of the republic's history. This compellingly written work is a testament To The strength and resilience of the children and their parents. Category: History Author : Walter C.
Schweninger also sought more comparisons between Southern regions and in interracial relationships. How has black literature challenged the notion that reading is a race-neutral act? He explains how performing Coromantee and Mina identity involved a common set of concerns and the creation of the ideological weapons necessary to resist the slavocracy. I think King was very fair This account of children in slavery provides a complex picture of the experience of the young people. Net — However, you can buy the physical copy via Amazon. Wilma King focuses the bulk of her book on the lost innocence of a childhood for children in bondage in the antebellum south.
I am fascinated by how education was so important then and is such a problem for black kids now. However, the nature of the circumstances made that work very different. Listening to some of the slave narratives in conjunction with this book enriched the reading. Fredrickson in named the book with Norrece T. This enlarged and revised edition reflects the abundance of new scholarship on slavery that has emerged in the 15 years since the first edition. King provides a jarring snapshot of children living in bondage. The texts interrupt, manage, and manipulate, employing thematic, formal, and performative strategies in order to multiply meanings for multiple readers, teach new ways of reading, and enable the emergence of antiracist reading subjects.
Writing for Choice on the second edition, J. Slave children instead as soon as they could, were often separated from caregivers and family, and were subject to punishment of many sorts, sometimes no different than those levied on adults. This text explores how the concept of the United States' westward expansion worked as the moving force in forming Jefferson's judgments and actions in foreign relations. Please search using the form below:. I think King was very fair in terms of showing a balanced picture, noting where evidence may have not been correct or where there were gaps in the record.
She contrasts Northern and Southern slave life, as well as their ownership by whites, blacks, and Native Americans. Those educated or given religious training were only by the fortune of their owner's interests. The children's trauma was compared to that of war—enduring , , inability to protect themselves—and they aged prematurely through these experiences. This enlarged and revised edition reflects the abundance of new scholarship on slavery that has emerged in the 15 years since the first edition. Race and the Literary Encounter takes as its focus several modern and contemporary African American narratives that not only narrate scenes of reading but also attempt to intervene in them.
The book won the 1997 Outstanding Book Award from the National College of Black Political Scientists. It was published in the 's Blacks in the Diaspora series, and a revised edition was released in 2011. Other topics covered in the book include gradual abolition, parental teachings, pregnancy, and the importance of the family. Ben Neal of the Tennessee Librarian questioned King's heavy use of Works Progress Administration-collected interview material, noting that the interviewees were too old to thoughtfully recall and express the complete spectrum of slave childhood. Many slaves take their babies into the fields with them to play in nearby areas under the watchful eye of their mother.
Situations varied and even though the whole system of slavery was not conducive to healthy growth in children, there were situations that were better than others. Censer and Marten also complained of this repetition. Scholars placed the book in a lineage of studies on slave families and women, with King's book as the first dedicated to slave children. One of the most important books published on slave society, Stolen Childhood focuses on the millions of children and youth enslaved in 19th-century America. The dependency of children also urged families to become financially independent. The book covers themes of the children's education, leisure, religion, transitions to freedmen, and work expectations.