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Slavery and the making of early American libraries : British literature, political thought, and the transatlantic book trade, 1731-1814

Author: Sean D Moore
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
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Early American libraries stood at the nexus of two transatlantic branches of commerce--the book trade and the slave trade. Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries bridges the study of these trades by demonstrating how Americans' profits from slavery were reinvested in imported British books and providing evidence that the colonial book market was shaped, in part, by the demand of slave owners for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(OCoLC)1055262631
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sean D Moore
ISBN: 9780192573407 0192573403 9780191873621 0191873624
OCLC Number: 1078412372
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 256 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgments; Contents; List of Illustrations; Introduction; CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, POLITICAL THOUGHT, AND POSSESSIVE INDIVIDUALISM IN A SLAVERY SOCIETY; SLAVERY, TRANSATLANTIC CONSUMER SOCIETY, AND THE BRITISH BOOK TRADE; EARLY AMERICAN READING: TRAVEL, HISTORY, LAW, POLITICS, AND LITERATURE; SLAVERY AND ABOLITION IN THE AGE OF REVOLUTIONS; BOOK HISTORY, ECONOMICS, AND THE FAILURE OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT IN EARLY AMERICA 1: Buying Oroonoko in Salem: Sentimentality, Spectacle, Slavery, and the Salem Social LibraryI; II; III; IV; V; 2: "Whatever Is, Is Right": The Redwood Library and the Reception of Pope's Poetry in Colonial Rhode Island; I; II; III; IV; V; 3: They Were Prodigals and Enslavers: Patriarchy and the Reading of Robinson Crusoe at the New York Society Library; I; II; III; IV; 4: Slaves as Securitized Assets: Chrysal, or, the Adventures of a Guinea, Paper Money, and the Charleston Library Society; I; II; III; IV 5: "See Benezet's Account of Africa Throughout": The Genres of Equiano's Interesting Narrative and the Library Company of PhiladelphiaI; II; III; IV; V; Conclusion: Philanthropy Recommended-Slavery, the Origins of the "Charitable Industrial Complex," and the Public Sphere; Bibliography; Index
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This volume explores how profits from slavery underpinned the dissemination of British literature in America during the eighteenth century and how the colonial book market was shaped, in part, by the  Read more...

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