New Studies in Economic and Social History: Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South Series Number 36 (Hardback)
  • New Studies in Economic and Social History: Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South Series Number 36 (Hardback)
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New Studies in Economic and Social History: Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South Series Number 36 (Hardback)

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Hardback 140 Pages / Published: 13/02/1998
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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. Similar questions concerning the profitability of slavery, its impact on masters, slaves, and nonslaveowners still inform modern historical debates. Is the slave South best characterized as a capitalist society? Or did its dogged adherence to non-wage labor render it precapitalist? Today, southern slavery is among the most hotly disputed topics in writing on American history. With the use of illustrative material and a critical bibliography, Dr Smith outlines the main contours of this complex debate, summarizes the contending viewpoints, and at the same time weighs up the relative importance, strengths and weaknesses of the various competing interpretations. This book introduces an important topic in American history in a manner which is accessible to students and undergraduates taking courses in American history.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521571586
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 226 x 159 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a clear and interesting survey of much of the recent voluminous writing on the institution.' Economic History Review
"Smith has provided an excellent historiographical guide that can be a start for new approaches to southern economic history. Indeed, his analysis here...suggests the great potential for asking new question to get new answers." Journal of Economic History
"...Smith does present a well-written and thoughtful narrative...Debating Slavery can provide a valuable overview of some of the most salient historiographical questions about the nature of the slave-plantation South and, hopefully, will stimulate further historical inquiry into the important subjects it addresses." H-Net Reviews
"...given the enormity of the historiography and the controversy surrounding it, Smith's economical summary is nothing short of remarkable. He has produced a work that will find an eager audience of undergraduate, graduate, and professional readers." Jeffrey Robert Young, The Journal of Southern History

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