David Brion Davis

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David Brion Davis is the Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and a prominent scholar on slavery and abolition in the Western World. Davis has written many books on the history and morality of slavery, including Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World and Challenging The Boundaries of Slavery. Over his career Davis has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction, the National Book Award, the Bancroft Prize, and the Society of American Historians' Bruce Catton Prize for Lifetime Achievement. 

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February/March 2005

It was the nation’s biggest business, it was well organized as a Detroit assembly line, and it was here to stay. It was slavery. David Brion Davis, A lifelong student of the institution, tells how he discovered—and then set about teaching—its vast significance.