The University of Illinois Press Blacks in the New World Series, edited by August Meier (1991). 199pp. including index. 6 x 9 inches. Paperback. ISBN-10: 0-252-06214-0.
Daniel Littlefield's investigation of colonial South Carolinians' preference for some African ethnic groups over others as slaves reveals how the Africans' diversity and capabilities inhibited the development of racial stereotypes and influenced their masters' perceptions of slaves. It also highlights how South Carolina, perhaps more than anywhere else in North America, exemplifies the common effort of Africans and Europeans in molding American civilization.
Daniel C. Littlefield is associate professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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