Domesticating Slavery: The Master Class in Georgia and South Carolina, 1670-1837

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UNC Press Books, 12 d’oct. 2005 - 352 pàgines
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In this carefully crafted work, Jeffrey Young illuminates southern slaveholders' strange and tragic path toward a defiantly sectional mentality. Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence and integrating political, religious, economic, and literary sources, he chronicles the growth of a slaveowning culture that cast the southern planter in the role of benevolent Christian steward--even as slaveholders were brutally exploiting their slaves for maximum fiscal gain.

Domesticating Slavery offers a surprising answer to the long-standing question about slaveholders' relationship with the proliferating capitalistic markets of early-nineteenth-century America. Whereas previous scholars have depicted southern planters either as efficient businessmen who embraced market economics or as paternalists whose ideals placed them at odds with the industrializing capitalist society in the North, Young instead demonstrates how capitalism and paternalism acted together in unexpected ways to shape slaveholders' identity as a ruling elite. Beginning with slaveowners' responses to British imperialism in the colonial period and ending with the sectional crises of the 1830s, he traces the rise of a self-consciously southern master class in the Deep South and the attendant growth of political tensions that would eventually shatter the union.

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Introduction
1
Slavery and the Cultural Marketplace in the Colonial Deep South
17
An Unhappy Breach Slaveholder Ideology in the Age of Revolution 17701786
57
Building a Nation Safe for Human Bondage Slaveholders in the Early Republic 17871800
91
One in Christ The Genesis of a Southern Slaveholding Culture 18001815
123
A Storm Portending The Politics of the Peculiar Deep South 18161829
161
CHAPTER SIX The Tyranny of the Majority Slaveholder Identity and Democratic Politics in the 1830s
193
Conclusion
231
Notes
235
Bibliography
291
Index
327
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Jeffrey Robert Young is assistant professor of history at Georgia Southern University.

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