Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 21 mm
'Sparkling with insight and humanity, Eugene D. Genovese again delivers, this time posthumously. This book continues his examination of the slaveholder class, describing in detail the essential ways in which it created its own definition of hospitality, of manners, of leisure, and more as it rushed toward civil war. As usual for Genovese over a career of fifty years his writing is engaging and crystal clear, and the scholarship rich. The academy owes Genovese's devoted student, Douglas Ambrose, a debt of gratitude for shepherding this sweet, final bit of Genovese's oeuvre to publication. It is well worth the read.' Orville Vernon Burton, Clemson University, and author of The Age of Lincoln
'In this subtly provocative work, Genovese pulls back the curtain on the lives of leisure planters made on the backs of black labor. A fitting coda to a corpus of immeasurable impact, The Sweetness of Life offers crucial insight into the mind of the Old South's master class.' Kathleen Hilliard, Iowa State University
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