The Scholar Who Shaped History
By Drew Gilpin Faust
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
by David Brion Davis
Knopf, 422 pp., $30.00
".... Davis’s book and his subsequent work would become a major influence in the emergence of a comparative history of slavery and abolition, in essence a global history well avant la lettre. It would, among other achievements, powerfully influence traditional approaches to intellectual history by embedding ideas in social and political action and institutions. This was historical writing with a scope and ambition that would shape scholars and scholarship for decades to come. "
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