Blassingame, John W. The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1979.
Another unique aspect of Blassingame's interpretation of cultural and personal development of American slaves during the antebellum period is his belief that specifically because of their "community," they were able to offer a staunch form of resistance to slaveholders, even though they were classified as property and of inferior status legally. As Blassingame writes, the community of American slaves was so entrenched and recognizable at times that slave owners often remarked on them, "Masters frequently noted the sense of community in the quarters; they reported that slaves usually shared their few goods, rarely stole from each other, and the strong helped the weak." Slaves also refused to tell on each other and respected each other out of character not out of fear, as with the respect offered masters in most instances.