Slavery in White and Black: Class and Race in the Southern Slaveholders' New World Order

Slavery in White and Black: Class and Race in the Southern Slaveholders' New World Order

by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Eugene D. Genovese
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521721814

ISBN-13: 9780521721813

Pub. Date: 10/27/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Southern slaveholders proudly pronounced themselves orthodox Christians, who accepted responsibility for the welfare of the people who worked for them. They proclaimed that their slaves enjoyed a better and more secure life than any laboring class in the world. Now, did it not follow that the lives of laborers of all races across the world would be immeasurably…  See more details below

Overview

Southern slaveholders proudly pronounced themselves orthodox Christians, who accepted responsibility for the welfare of the people who worked for them. They proclaimed that their slaves enjoyed a better and more secure life than any laboring class in the world. Now, did it not follow that the lives of laborers of all races across the world would be immeasurably improved by their enslavement? In the Old South but in no other slave society a doctrine emerged among leading clergymen, politicians, and intellectuals-- “Slavery in the Abstract,” which declared enslavement the best possible condition for all labor regardless of race. They joined the Socialists, whom they studied, in believing that the free-labor system, wracked by worsening class warfare, was collapsing. A vital question: to what extent did the people of the several social classes of the South accept so extreme a doctrine? That question lies at the heart of this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521721813
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2008
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. The impending collapse of capitalism; 2. Hewers of wood, drawers of water; 3. Travelers to the south, southerners abroad; 4. The squaring of circles; 5. The appeal to social theory; 6. Perceptions and realities.

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