Problem of Emancipation: The Caribbean Roots of the American Civil War

Problem of Emancipation: The Caribbean Roots of the American Civil War

by Edward Bartlett Rugemer
     
 

The Problem of Emancipation explores a long-neglected aspect of American slavery and the history of the Atlantic World, bridging a gap in our understanding of the American Civil War. It places the origins of the war in a transatlantic context, exploring the impact of Britain's abolition of slavery on the coming of the war, and revealing the strong influence of

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The Problem of Emancipation explores a long-neglected aspect of American slavery and the history of the Atlantic World, bridging a gap in our understanding of the American Civil War. It places the origins of the war in a transatlantic context, exploring the impact of Britain's abolition of slavery on the coming of the war, and revealing the strong influence of Britain's old Atlantic empire on the politics of the United States. This ground-breaking study examines how southern and northern American newspapers covered three slave rebellions that preceded British abolition and how American public opinion shifted radically as a result.

LSU Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807135594
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Antislavery, Abolition, and the Atlantic World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,429,033
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I The Lessons of Abolitionism

1 The Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Atlantic World 17

2 Abolitionists and Insurrections 42

3 Conflicting Impressions 66

4 The Rebellions of 1831 96

Pt. II The Lessons of Abolition

5 The Conversion of William Ellery Channing 145

6 The Fears of Robert Monroe Harrison 180

7 Rethinking Liberty 222

8 British Abolition and the Coming of the Civil War 258

Epilogue: The Morant Bay Rebellion and Radical Reconstruction 291

Bibliography 303

Index 329

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