Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life by Stanley M. Elkins Reviewed

Glazer, Nathan. "Review of Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional Life," by Stanley M. Elkins, Commentary, May, 1960.

Excerpt: There exists a major problem about American slavery, one on which even a reader of the best American historians on slavery will not be enlightened: indeed, if he limits his reading to historians he will hardly know that a problem does exist. But why was American slavery the most awful the world has ever known? The slave was totally removed from the protection of organized society (compare the elaborate provisions for the protection of slaves in the Bible)…