Overview

This pathbreaking social history of the slaveholding South marks a turn in our understanding of antebellum America and the coming of the Civil War. Oakes's bracing analysis breaks the myth that slaveholders were a paternalistic aristocracy dedicated to the values of honor, race, and section. Instead they emerge as having much in common with their entrepreneurial counterparts in the North: they were committed to free-market commercialism and political democracy for white males. The Civil War was not an inevitable ...
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The Ruling Race

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Overview

This pathbreaking social history of the slaveholding South marks a turn in our understanding of antebellum America and the coming of the Civil War. Oakes's bracing analysis breaks the myth that slaveholders were a paternalistic aristocracy dedicated to the values of honor, race, and section. Instead they emerge as having much in common with their entrepreneurial counterparts in the North: they were committed to free-market commercialism and political democracy for white males. The Civil War was not an inevitable conflict between civilizations on different paths but the crack-up of a single system, the result of people and events.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307828132
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/17/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,095,904
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

James Oakes is the Graduate School Humanities Professor and Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He and his family live in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Norton paperback edition
Introduction
Pt. I The Colonial Legacy 1
1 Revolutionary Slaveholders 3
Pt. II The Market Culture 35
2 Master-class Pluralism 37
3 The Slaveholders' Pilgrimage 69
4 The Convenient Sin 96
5 Freedom and Bondage 123
Pt. III Plantations, Plebeians, and Patricians 151
6 Factories in the Fields 153
7 Masters of Tradition 192
Epilogue: The Slaveholders' Revolution 225
Appendix Sample of Slaveholders from the 1850 Census 245
Abbreviations Used in Notes and Bibliography 251
Notes 253
Bibliography 287
Index 297
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