Shannons America

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Timothy Shannon's book titled Atlantic Lives: A Comparative Approach to Early America is based on a society determined to rise out of the dredges of the disadvantages of diversity so as to achieve unity in all its quarters as it strives to retain its right to be different.


In the second and third chapters, Shannon demonstrates the fact that the institutions like the church heavily regulated the way the society was run. With use of examples from significant scholars and historians like Gilberto Freyre and Frank Tannennbaum, he brings to the fore the fact that the church had separate norms for dealing with the slaves. Further, there are notes on how American slavery was crueler as compared to slavery in Britain or Latin America. In this context, it may be seen that the church had an important and significant role to play in the characterization of the nature of slavery in America. The salves were usually Southerners and Indians, who were not offered any other kind of work. Further, the church played down their plight by focusing on the industrial and societal conflicts at that time, until recently. (Shannon, 2003; Pp 26 to 41)
These chapters also have a more chronological approach to the matter. He discusses slavery in context of the civil war and the reconstruction that took place later. He demonstrates the fact that the reconstruction brought about a renewed importance for the Southerners, who by and by, began to associate themselves with industrial work and the building of entire industrial cities. ...
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