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The Political Economy of Slavery: Studies in the Economy and Society of the Slave South / Edition 2

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Overview

"Genovese's view of the Old South may or may not ultimately prevail, but ... The Political Economy of Slavery is one of those books that rearrange basic concepts, so that even though debate continues, it no longer travels over the same tracks.... Genovese's context is rich, his mind acute, his learning extensive."

— 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

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“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

“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819562081
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1988
  • Series: Wesleyan Paperback Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed., with new introd.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 501,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

EUGENE D. GENOVESE is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rochester. In 1987-88 he was on leave at the Humanities Research Center in Research Triangle park, North Carolina, and in 1988-89 he was visiting professor at William and Mary. GENOVESE is former president (1979) of the Organization of American Historians and winner of the Bancroft Prize in 1974 for Roll, Jordan, Roll. He has written, in addition to The Political Economy of Slavery and Roll, Jordan, Roll, The World the Slaveholders Made (Wesleyan 1988), In Red and Black, From Rebellion to Revolution, and, with Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Fruits of Merchant Capital. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College (B.A. 1953) and Columbia University (Ph.D. 1959). He has been visiting professor at Columbia, Yale, and Tulane and Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University. His home is in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Wesleyan Edition
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
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)
Bibliographical Note
Index

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