The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) congratulates AHI academic advisor Mark Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History, University of South Carolina, and AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette on the publication in paperback of the Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (2010).  Smith and Paquette edited this acclaimed resource, which contains the work of thirty-eight authors. The volume, almost 800 pages in length, covers places as well as themes and methods.  Each essay addresses both historical and historiographical issues.

AHI Charter Fellow Douglas Ambrose composed two of the essays: “Religion and Slavery” and “Masters,” which he co-authored with the late Eugene D. Genovese, a charter member of the AHI’s academic advisory board.  AHI Academic Advisers Daniel C. Littlefield, Carolina Distinguished Professor, University of South Carolina; Peter Coclanis, Albert Ray Newsome Distinguished Professor and Director, Global Research Institute of Economics, University of South Carolina; Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law, Albany Law School; and John Stauffer, Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, contributed to the volume as well.  Littlefield wrote the article “Colonial and Revolutionary United States”; Coclanis,”The Economics of Slavery”; Finkelman, United States Slave Law”; and Stauffer, “Abolition and Antislavery.”  AHI Academic Adviser Stanley Engerman, John Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History of Economics, University of Rochester, the leading authority in the world on the comparative history of slavery, completed the volume with an epilogue on “Post-Emancipation Adjustments.”

“The positive response to the volume both inside and outside of academic circles has proved most gratifying,” said Paquette.  “Mark and I were quite pleased when we heard last year of Oxford’s decision to move ahead with a paperback edition.  The AHI can take great pride in the volume.”