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HIST 213 Brent Fiorito Response Paper 2/18/08 Studying Slave Culture In Sterling Stuckey’s reflections on the scholarship of African origins and influence in American slavery he points out the many flaws of scholars when dealing with slave culture. He starts by mentioning how the cultural clash in America between Africans and Europeans which was caused by slavery is consistently avoided by scholars. Then he picks apart the unfortunate scholars who have attempted to cover this topic. He points out how most of them have failed miserably when dealing with slave culture by using inconsistent or no data or by just making things up as in the case of Ira Berlin. I believe Stuckey’s reflections and criticisms on the works of others clearly shows the lack of effort by scholars to research and understand African culture in North America and its impact on European and American cultures that enslaved them. Stuckey begins by addressing the Mintz-Prince study which was supposedly “a study of black culture in North America.” It turned out not to be that at all but more importantly it raises the argument that blacks arrived in America with no culture. They also argue that “Africans became African-American before arriving in American as slaves, presumably at precisely the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 213 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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