American Mediterranean: Southern Slaveholders in the Age of Emancipation

American Mediterranean: Southern Slaveholders in the Age of Emancipation

by Matthew Pratt Guterl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674028686

ISBN-13: 9780674028685

Pub. Date: 06/15/2008

Publisher: Harvard

How did slave-owning Southern planters make sense of the transformation of their world in the Civil War era? Matthew Pratt Guterl shows that they looked beyond their borders for answers. He traces the links that bound them to the wider fraternity of slaveholders in Cuba, Brazil, and elsewhere, and charts their changing political place in the…  See more details below

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How did slave-owning Southern planters make sense of the transformation of their world in the Civil War era? Matthew Pratt Guterl shows that they looked beyond their borders for answers. He traces the links that bound them to the wider fraternity of slaveholders in Cuba, Brazil, and elsewhere, and charts their changing political place in the hemisphere.
Through such figures as the West Indian Confederate Judah Benjamin, Cuban expatriate Ambrosio Gonzales, and the exile Eliza McHatton, Guterl examines how the Southern elite connected—by travel, print culture, even the prospect of future conquest—with the communities of New World slaveholders as they redefined their world. He analyzes why they invested in a vision of the circum-Caribbean, and how their commitment to this broader slave-owning community fared. From Rebel exiles in Cuba to West Indian apprenticeship and the Black Codes to the “labor problem” of the postwar South, this beautifully written book recasts the nineteenth-century South as a complicated borderland in a pan-American vision.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674028685
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
06/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Introduction     1
The American Mediterranean     12
The White Republic of the Tropics     47
The Promise of Exile     79
The Labor Problem     114
Latitudes and Longitudes     147
Epilogue     185
Notes     193
Acknowledgments     231
Index     235

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