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Children of Bondage: A Social History of the Slave Society at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1838 Robert C.H. Shell

Children of Bondage: A Social History of the Slave Society at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1838

Robert C.H. Shell

Published December 1st 1994
ISBN : 9780819552730
Hardcover
560 pages
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The Dutch East India Companys introduction of the first slave into the region known as the Cape of Good Hope in 1653 established an institution whose legal status ended in 1838 but whose social and political reverberations are still felt today.MoreThe Dutch East India Companys introduction of the first slave into the region known as the Cape of Good Hope in 1653 established an institution whose legal status ended in 1838 but whose social and political reverberations are still felt today. Children of Bondage is the story of the social, cultural, and biological progeny of that slave society. Robert Shell examines the complex and highly stratified hierarchies that evolved in South Africa, and outlines how its multiracial system of slavery was distinct from the biracial system that arose in the New World. Shell argues that while frontier and class interests were significant factors in South Africas history, these influences were secondary manifestations of a more universal force, namely, the family as the fundamental unit of subordination. He explores the history of oceanic and domestic slave trades, sexual and gender relations within the slave hierarchy, religious and ethnic identities among slaves, and the promises and realities of manumission. By viewing the institution of South African slavery from many levels he concludes, Not only slaves were in bondage- in a profound sense, the owners were as well.