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From the Publisher"Kathleen Hilliard has written an extraordinary book. In it, she breaks new ground in her investigation of black and white relationships in the antebellum South, and on the internal slave economy, illicit trade, and consumerism. The book is grounded in the careful exploration of excellent sources, especially archival primary materials. There is no question that this book is going to shake up slavery studies drastically. Although the internal economy of slavery has been studied for nearly thirty years now, we've never had a study like this."
Orville Vernon Burton, Creativity Professor of Humanities, Clemson University, and Emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, University of Illinois
"Masters, Slaves, and Exchange is a terrific book in every way, one of the best I've read in a long while. It is by far the broadest, most sophisticated, and most truly empathetic account we have of the complicated and ultimately tragic relationship among masters, slaves, and the market in the antebellum South. Unlike most other writers on this subject, Hilliard treats it in a comprehensive way and, more notably still, from a variety of perspectives. In so doing, she is able to provide a truly convincing interpretation (or rather set of interpretations) regarding the strategies, tactics, and sensibilities of all parties involved."
Peter A. Coclanis, Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"… [Includes] fascinating portions that deal with the lives of 'upwardly mobile' slaves … All in all, a very good book … Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."
I. Cohen, Choice
"Following the pioneer work of Ulrich B. Phillips and Eugene D. Genovese on the reciprocal rights, privileges, and responsibilities that masters and slaves shared, Kathleen M. Hilliard examines the slaves' exchange economy along the Atlantic seaboard … an original and significant contribution to slave historiography."
John David Smith, North Carolina Historical Review