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Freedom in a Slave Society. Stories from the Antebellum South.

Shields, Johanna

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, 2012
ISBN 10: 1107013372 / ISBN 13: 9781107013377
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Titel: Freedom in a Slave Society. Stories from the...

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

Einband: Hardcover

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xxiii 318p hardback, decorative dustjacket, a firm and clean copy, like new, this title was published in the series Cambridge Studies on the American South. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 178564

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Inhaltsangabe: 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 middle classes in the Southwest, South and the nation, even amid sectional tensions. Although they sometimes described liberty in the abstract, more often these authors discussed its practical significance: what it meant for people to make life's important choices freely and to be responsible for the results. They publicly insisted that freedom caused progress, but hidden doubts clouded this optimistic vision. Ultimately, their association with the oppression of slavery dimmed their hopes for human improvement, and fear distorted their responses to the sectional crisis.

Rezension: '? a significant entry into the burgeoning literature of the once-neglected Southern middle class.' Christopher A. Graham, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

'Johanna Nicol Shields engagingly portrays the lives of individual Alabama authors who published in national and regional markets, and through these writers and their works, she illuminates middle-class southern values.' Jennifer R. Green, Journal of Southern History

'? a compelling and complicated work, in which the thesis combats a historiography that has often ignored the South as an intellectual centre ? Shields presents a composed, complex and intriguing narrative.' Danielle Demiantschuk, Southern Historian

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