Mastering America: Southern Slaveholders and the Crisis of American Nationhood

Mastering America: Southern Slaveholders and the Crisis of American Nationhood

by Robert E. Bonner
ISBN-10:
0521541778
ISBN-13:
9780521541770
Pub. Date:
04/27/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Mastering America: Southern Slaveholders and the Crisis of American Nationhood

Mastering America recounts efforts of “proslavery nationalists” to navigate the nineteenth-century geopolitics of imperialism, federalism, and nationalism and to articulate themes of American mission in overtly proslavery terms. At the heart of this study are spokesmen of the Southern “Master Class” who crafted a vision of American destiny that put chattel slavery at its center. Looking beyond previous studies of the links between these “proslavery nationalists” and secession, the book sheds new light on the relationship between the conservative Unionism of the 1850s and the key formulations of Confederate nationalism that arose during war in the 1860s. Bonner’s innovative research charts the crucial role these men and women played in the development of American imperialism, constitutionalism, evangelicalism, and popular patriotism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521541770
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/27/2009
Series: Cambridge Studies on the American South Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,283,973
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Geopolitics of Mastery: 1. Slaveholders' stake in the American empire; 2. The compound republic and the cause of the south; Part II. The Contours of Proslavery Americanism: 3. Republican masters and American mission; 4. Reformed masters and the gospel of nationhood; 5. Fragments of the past, histories for the future; 6. Yankees as apostates and allies in the American 1850s; Part III. Confederate Nationhood and the Revolutions of War: 7. The anatomy of confederate nationhood; 8. Reckoning with confederate purpose; 9. Liberty, slavery, and the burdens of confederate nationhood.

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