Half Slave and Half Free: The Roots of Civil War

Half Slave and Half Free: The Roots of Civil War

by Bruce Levine

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Half Slave and Half Free: The Roots of Civil War by Bruce Levine

Revised Edition

With a New Preface and Afterword

In a revised edition, brought completely up to date with a new preface and afterword and an expanded bibliography, Bruce Levine's succinct and persuasive treatment of the basic issues that precipitated the Civil War is as compelling as ever. Levine explores the far-reaching, divisive changes in American life that came with the incomplete Revolution of 1776 and the development of two distinct social systems, one based on slavery, the other on free labor—changes out of which the Civil War developed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809053537
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/11/2005
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 460,087
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Bruce Levine, James G. Randall Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a co-author of Who Built America? and the author of The Spirit of 1848: German Immigrants, Labor Conflict, and the Coming of Civil War and Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free Slaves during the Civil War.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Editionix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: Freedom, Slavery, and the Legacy of the American Revolution3
1"Our Laborers Are Our Property": The Southern Slave Economy17
2"Each Person Works for Himself": The Ideal and Reality of Free Labor46
3"A Complete Revolution in Social Life": Cultural Change in the Antebellum North71
4"The Anointed Lords of Creation": Culture and Society in the Antebellum South95
5"Called by the Same Name": The Many Meanings of Liberty121
6To "Fight Against the Serpent": Antislavery and Its Early Progress145
7"A Firebell in the Night": The Struggle Escalates160
8"Keep It Within Limits": Western Lands and Free Soil177
9"Anti Nebraska Feeling Is Too Deep": Origins and Triumph of Republicanism199
10"The Inexorable Logic of Events": Secession, War, and Emancipation225
Afterword: On Popular Mobilization in the Civil War Era243
New Bibliographical Essay257
Index313

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