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Title:
Debating slavery : economy and society in the antebellum American South
Author:
Smith, Mark M. (Mark Michael), 1968-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xii, 117 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780521576963

9780521571586
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Even while slavery existed, Americans debated slavery. Was it a profitable and healthy institution? If so, for whom? The abolition of slavery in 1865 did not end this debate, and it still remains among the most hotly disputed topics in American history. Smith outlines the main contours of this debate, summarizes the contending viewpoints, and weighs the relative importance, strengths and weaknesses of the various interpretations. This book introduces an important topic in American history in a manner that is accessible to students.


Table of Contents

AuthorÆs preface
1 The contours of the debate
2 Slaveholders and plantations
3 Yeoman and non-slave-owners
4 Slaves
5 The profitability of slavery as a business
6 The profitability of slavery as a system
7 New directions, toward consensus
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