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by Peter Kolchin
published by Penguin
The crucial 'difference', of course, was slavery. Here he examines its roots in the colonial era, early racial attitudes, the new Revolutionary commitment to 'rights' and 'liberty', and the implicit boost given to salvery by a cautiously worded Constitution. Later chapters turn to the ideologies and social structures of the Old South, the nature of slave culture and communities, and finally the road to Abolition. Professor Kolchin brilliantly knits together research in all these areas to provide a lucid, vivid and humane overview that is fully alive to the complexities of the evidence.
- paperback: 320 pages
- product dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
- ISBN: 9780140241501