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— David M. Potter, Saturday Review
"What is original in Mr. Genovese's highly stimulating volume is the analysis of the ante bellum political, economic, and social structure as a closed system with a built-in (and most un-American) resistance to change.... [It] will move the discussion of the ante bellum South to a new level of sophistication."
— Anne Firor Scott, The South Atlantic Quarterly
"He has given new life to the study of Southern history."
— William N. Parker, Economic History Review
"The work is original and quite persuasive." — The New Yorker
"Genovese has combined elegance of expression and originality of analysis in a remarkable book."
— Leonard Bloom, Journal of Modern African Studies
“The work is original and quite persuasive.”—The New Yorker
“Genovese has combined elegance of expression and originality of analysis in a remarkable book.” —Leonard Bloom, Journal of Modern African Studies
“He has given new life to the study of Southern history.”—William N. Parker, Economic History Review
Introduction to the Wesleyan Edition
List of Abbreviations
Part One: The Setting: The Slave South: An Interpretation
Part Two: Virgin Land and Servile Labor: The Low Productivity of Southern Slave Labor: Causes and Effects, The Negro Laborer in Africa and the Slave South, Cotton, Slavery, and Soil Exhaustion, Livestock in the Slave Economy, The Limits of Agricultural Reform
Part Three: The Subservience of Town to Country: The Significance of the Slave Plantation of Southern economic Development, The Industrialists under the Slave Regime, Slave Labor or Free in the Southern Factories: A Political Analysis of and Economic Debate• Part Four: The General Crisis of the Slave South: Origins of Slavery Expansionism
A Note on the Place of Economics in the Political Economy of Slavery
Epilogue: The Slave Economies in Political Perspectives (With Elizabeth Fox-Genovese)