River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

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9780674045552: River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

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As the Harvard historian Walter Johnson explains in his bracing new history of slavery and capitalism in the Deep South, River of Dark Dreams", the slaveholders were the quintessential American capitalists River of Dark Dreams" casts his insight about slavery-as-capitalism onto a broader canvas: the history of the Mississippi Valley and its political economy in the first half of the nineteenth century. Johnson, of course, is hardly the first historian to think about slavery in the context of capitalism But Johnson moves in another direction. The relationship between slavery and capitalism, he insists, does not depend on any connection between American slavery and European (or American) industry. On the contrary, plantation slavery was" capitalism.--Robin Einhorn"The Nation" (02/11/2014)"

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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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Verlag: HARVARD UNIV PR Feb 2013 (2013)
ISBN 10: 0674045556 ISBN 13: 9780674045552
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Buchbeschreibung HARVARD UNIV PR Feb 2013, 2013. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 236x165x41 mm. Neuware - 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 reaccounting dramatically alters our understanding of American slavery and its role in U.S. expansionism, global capitalism, and the upcoming Civil War. 560 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780674045552

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