Amelioration and Empire: Progress and Slavery in the Plantation Americas

Amelioration and Empire: Progress and Slavery in the Plantation Americas

by Christa Dierksheide

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813936215
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: Jeffersonian America Series
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christa Dierksheide is Historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Virginia 23

Chapter 1 "The Great Improvement and Civilization of That Race" 25

Chapter 2 "The Desideratum Is to Diminish the Blacks and Increase the Whites" 57

Part II South Carolina 89

Chapter 3 "Rising Gradations to Unlimited Freedom" 91

Chapter 4 "The Enormous Evil That Has Haunted the Imaginations of Men" 123

Part III The British West Indies 153

Chapter 5 "We May Alleviate, Though We Cannot Cure" 155

Chapter 6 "A Matter of Portentous Magnitude, and Still More Portentous Difficulty" 180

Conclusion: Amelioration and Empire, ca. 1845 211

Notes 225

Bibliography 249

Index 269

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