Peter Kolchin

Peter Kolchin (born June 3, 1943) is an American historian. He has specialized in slavery and labor in the American South before and after the Civil War, and in comparisons with Russian serfdom and other forms of labor. He won the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Avery O. Craven Award for his book Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987).


Born in New York, Peter Kolchin attended local schools. He graduated from Columbia University, and conducted graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D. in 1970.

He is a professor at the University of Delaware.[1]



  • First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama's Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction. University of Alabama Press. 1972. (Revised Ed. 2008, ISBN 978-0-8173-5535-7)
  • Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom. Harvard University Press. 1987. ISBN 978-0-674-92098-9. Peter Kolchin.
  • American Slavery, 1619-1877 (1993, revised ed. 2003) ISBN 978-0-14-024150-1
  • A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth-Century South in Comparative Perspective. LSU Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-8071-2866-4.
  • Helen Saltz Jacobson, ed. (2002). "Foreword". Up from Serfdom: My Childhood and Youth in Russia, 1804-1824. Translator Helen Saltz Jacobson. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-09716-0.
  • Frank McGlynn; Seymour Drescher, eds. (1992). "The Tragic Era? Interpreting Southern Reconstruction in Comparative Perspective". The Meaning of freedom: economics, politics, and culture after slavery. University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 978-0-8229-5479-8.


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