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Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South

Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South

by Kenneth M. Stampp


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Winner of the Lincoln Prize 
Stampp’s classic study of American slavery as a deliberately chosen, practical system of controlling and exploiting labor is one of the most important and influential works of American history written in our time.
“A thoughtful and deeply moving book. . . .  Mr. Stampp wants to show specifically what slavery was like, why it existed, and what it did to the American people.”—Bruce Catton

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679723073
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/17/1989
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 222,884
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Kenneth M. Stampp was twice awarded John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, held two fellowships at the Huntington Library, and has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. A specialist in ninteenth-century American history, he is the author of many books on that period, including The Era of Reconstruction. Mr. Stampp died in 2009.

Table of Contents

1. The Setting

2. From Day Clean to First Dark

3. A Troublesome Property

4. To Make Them Stand in Fear

5. Chattels Personal

6. Slavemongering

7. Maintenance, Morbidity, Mortality

8. Between Two Cultures

9. Profit and Loss

10. He Who Has Endured

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