Counterrevolution of Slavery Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina

ISBN-10: 0807848840
ISBN-13: 9780807848845
Edition: 2000
Authors: Manisha Sinha
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Description: In this comprehensive analysis of politics and ideology in antebellum South Carolina, Manisha Sinha offers a provocative new look at the roots of southern separatism and the causes of the Civil War. Challenging works that portray secession as a  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

In this comprehensive analysis of politics and ideology in antebellum South Carolina, Manisha Sinha offers a provocative new look at the roots of southern separatism and the causes of the Civil War. Challenging works that portray secession as a fight for white liberty, she argues instead that it was a conservative, antidemocratic movement to protect and perpetuate racial slavery. Sinha discusses some of the major sectional crises of the antebellum eraincluding nullification, the conflict over the expansion of slavery into western territories, and secessionand offers an important reevaluation of the movement to reopen the African slave trade in the 1850s. In the process she reveals the central role played by South Carolina planter politicians in developing proslavery ideology and the use of states' rights and constitutional theory for the defense of slavery. Sinha's work underscores the necessity of integrating the history of slavery with the traditional narrative of southern politics. Only by taking into account the political importance of slavery, she insists, can we arrive at a complete understanding of southern politics and the enormity of the issues confronting both northerners and southerners on the eve of the Civil War.

Manisha Sinha is associate professor of Afro-American studies and history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolinaand, with John H. Bracey Jr., the editor of the two-volume African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-first Century. At present, she is working on a book on African Americans and the movement to abolish slavery between 1775 and 1865.Penny Von Eschen is professor of history and American culture at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Race Against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957and Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War. She is currently working on a transnational history of Cold War memory, as well as a study of the global circulation of American culture in the post-World War II era.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Problem of South Carolina Revisited
The Genesis of the Political Ideology of Slavery
Nullification
The Discourse of Southern Nationalism
South Carolina and the First Secession Crisis
The Carolinian Movement to Reopen the African Slave Trade
Judicial Nullification
The Coming of Secession
Secession
Epilogue: The Counterrevolution of Slavery
Notes
Bibliography of Primary Sources
Index

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