The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) congratulates Charter Fellow Robert Paquette and Academic Adviser Mark Smith on the announcement by Oxford University Press (OUP) that it will be publishing a paperback version of The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (2010).  Co-edited by Paquette and Smith, this widely praised volume, more than 700 pages in length, contains more than thirty essays by specialists in the field.  Part I: “Places” focuses on countries in the Americas where slavery was prominent.  Part II:  Themes, Methods, and Sources,” examines a wide range of thematic issues such as economics, demography, race, biology, and gender.  The paperback version will be available in January 2016.

In notifying Paquette and Smith of the decision, Dr. Hollie Thomas, Editorial Assistant for OUP, referenced the many positive reviews of the volume and excerpted quotes from a number of them.

“Written by a variety of scholars ranging from some of the doyens of the subject … to some promising newcomers, the individual contributions provide incisive, nuanced introductions to a wide range of topics and themes.” Keith Masoon, English Historical Review

“Will serve as an excellent resource for serious history students and instructors, who will find this an invaluable class resource. Recommended.” – Julie Biando Edwards, Library Journal

 “This book is comprehensive and is required reading for anyone interested in teaching a course on slavery in the Americas…essential… The editors and contributors are to be applauded for successfully piecing together the many different threads of a most complex and interesting field.” David Ryden, History: Reviews of New Books

“This handbook provides a very valuable introduction to trends in the recent historiography on slavery in the Americas. The readers of the volume (as well as its editors) have been well served by the craftsmanship and erudition of those who have contributed to it.” – David Richardson, H-Soz-u-Kult

“an excellent work.Its articles are uniformly well crafted, edited and documented.”  Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies

“The news on the paperback edition is very welcome,” said Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History, University of South Carolina, “not least because it grants access to even wider audiences truly trenchant essays on the state-of-the-field.  My hope is that this paperback edition will make this cutting edge collection more available to undergraduates and informed citizens.”  “Mark and I have been most gratified by the reception to the volume,” Paquette added.  A good deal of thought and sweat went into the production, and it has paid off.  The contributors represent an exciting mix of younger and older scholars who delve into both historical and historiographical issues on one of the most important institutions in history.”