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River of dark dreams : slavery and empire in the cotton kingdom

Author: Walter Johnson
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013.
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This work looks at the history of the Mississippi River Valley in the nineteenth century and the economy that developed there, powered by steam engines and slave labor. When Jefferson acquired the Louisiana Territory, he envisioned an "empire for liberty" populated by self-sufficient white farmers. Cleared of Native Americans and the remnants of European empires by Andrew Jackson, the Mississippi Valley was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Johnson
ISBN: 9780674045552 0674045556
OCLC Number: 809365647
Description: 526 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Boom --
Jeffersonian visions and nightmares in Louisiana --
The Panic of 1835 --
The steamboat sublime --
Limits to capital --
The runaway's river --
Dominion --
"The empire of the white man's will" --
The carceral landscape --
The Mississippi Valley in the time of cotton --
Capital, cotton, and free trade --
Tales of Mississippian empire --
The material limits of "Manifest Destiny" --
"The grey-eyed man of destiny" --
The ignominious effort to reopen the slave trade.
Responsibility: Walter Johnson.

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River of Dark Dreams places the Cotton Kingdom at the center of worldwide webs of exchange and exploitation that extended across oceans and drove an insatiable hunger for new lands. This bold  Read more...

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An important book Johnson sees slavery not just as an integral part of American capitalism, but as its very essence.--Sven Beckert"Chronicle of Higher Education" (12/12/2014)"

 
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