The Chattel Principle: Internal Slave Trades in the Americas / Edition 1

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This wide-ranging book presents the first comprehensive and comparative account of the slave trade within the nations and colonial systems of the Americas. While most scholarly attention to slavery in the Americas has concentrated on international transatlantic trade, the essays in this volume focus on the slave trades within Brazil, the West Indies, and the Southern states of the United States after the closing of the Atlantic slave trade.

The contributors cast new light upon questions that have framed the study of slavery in the Americas for decades. The book investigates such topics as the illegal slave trade in Cuba, the Creole slave revolt in the U.S., and the debate between pro- and antislavery factions over the interstate slave trade in the South. Together, the authors offer fresh and provocative insights into the interrelations of capitalism, sovereignty, and slavery.

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The Chattel Principle breaks new ground on a topic of great importance that has, until very recently, escaped the attention it deserves.”—Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300103557
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2005
  • Series: The David Brion Davis Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,199,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Johnson is associate professor of American Studies and History, New York University. He is the author of Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the future store 1
2 The domestication of the slave trade in the United States 32
3 "We'm fus' rate bargain" : value, labor, and price in a Georgia slave community 55
4 Slave resistance, coffles, and the debates over slavery in the nation's capital 72
5 The domestic slave trade in America : the lifeblood of the southern slave system 91
6 The interregional slave trade in the history and myth-making of the U.S. south 117
7 Reconsidering the internal slave trade : paternalism, markets, and the character of the old south 143
8 "Cuffy," "fancy maids," and "one-eyed men" : rape, commodification, and the domestic slave trade in the United States 165
9 Grapevine in the slave market : African American geopolitical literacy and the 1841 Creole revolt 203
10 The fragmentation of Atlantic slavery and the British intercolonial slave trade 234
11 "An unfeeling traffick" : the intercolonial movement of slaves in the British Caribbean, 1807-1833 256
12 The Kelsall affair : a black Bahamian family's odyssey in turbulent 1840s Cuba 275
13 Another middle passage? : the internal slave trade in Brazil 291
14 The Brazilian internal slave trade, 1850-1888 : regional economies, slave experience, and the politics of a peculiar market 325
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