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Freedom in a slave society : stories from the antebellum South

Author: Johanna Nicol Shields
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Cambridge studies on the American South.
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"Before the Civil War, most Southern white people were as strongly committed to freedom for their kind as to slavery for African Americans. This study views that tragic reality through the lens of eight authors - representatives of a South that seemed, to them, destined for greatness but was, we know, on the brink of destruction. Exceptionally able and ambitious, these men and women won repute among the educated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johanna Nicol Shields
ISBN: 9781107013377 1107013372
OCLC Number: 772109802
Description: xxiii, 318 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Regarding a "weird utopia" --
Self-making in southwestern towns --
The domestic foundations of self-determination --
The voluntary bonds of friendship --
Southwestern histories for a divided market --
Slave characters and the problem of human nature --
Slavery and political trust --
Self-determination and slavery in conflict.
Series Title: Cambridge studies on the American South.
Responsibility: Johanna Nicol Shields.
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This book explores the relationship between freedom and slavery in the antebellum American South, studying authors who spoke for the Southwest's educated classes.  Read more...

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