Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War

Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War

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Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War by Jeffrey Hummel

This book combines a sweeping narrative of the Civil War with a bold new look at the war’s significance for American society. Professor Hummel sees the Civil War as America’s turning point: simultaneously the culmination and repudiation of the American revolution.

Chapters tell the story of the Civil War, discussing the issues raised in readable prose, each followed by a detailed bibliographical essay, looking at the different major works on the subject with varying ideological viewpoints and conclusions.

In his economic analysis of slavery, Professor Hummel takes a different view. While some writers claim that slavery was unprofitable and harmful to the Southern economy, and others maintain it was profitable and efficient for the South, Hummel uses the economic concept of 'Deadweight Loss' to show that slavery was both highly profitable for slave owners and harmful to Southern economic development.

While highly critical of Confederate policy, Hummel argues that the war was fought to prevent secession, not to end slavery, and that preservation of the Union was not necessary to end slavery arguing that the South crucially relied on the Northern states to return runaway slaves to their owners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812698435
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,119,664
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel is Associate Professor of Economics at San Jose State University, where he teaches both economics and history. He lives in Walnut Creek, CA.

John Majewski is Professor of History at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is author of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) and A House Divided: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and Virginia Before the Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2000). He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

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