Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South (Paperback)

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Even while slavery existed, Americans debated slavery. Was it a profitable and healthy institution? If so, for whom? The abolition of slavery in 1865 did not end this debate, and it still remains among the most hotly disputed topics in American history. Smith outlines the main contours of this debate, summarizes the contending viewpoints, and weighs the relative importance, strengths and weaknesses of the various interpretations. This book introduces an important topic in American history in a manner that is accessible to students.
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ISBN: 9780521576963
ISBN-10: 0521576962
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: February 13th, 1999
Pages: 140
Language: English
Series: New Studies in Economic and Social History