64 Historian Charles Joyner's influential study Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community (1984) is reinforced by the findings of The Slave Community and relies on similar evidence. 8, and the "Critical Essay on Sources.
45 Reception and influence edit The importance of The Slave Community as one of the first studies of slavery from the perspective of the slave was recognized by historians. Blassingame concludes, "Uncritical use of the interviews will lead almost inevitably to a simplistic and distorted view of the plantation as a paternalistic institution where the chief feature of life was mutual love and respect between masters and slaves." 44 Blassingame builds on the historiography.