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Conflict and Compromise The Political Economy of Slavery, Emancipation and the American Civil War

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ISBN-10: 0521311675

ISBN-13: 9780521311670

Edition: 1989

Authors: Roger L. Ransom

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No series of events had a more dramatic impact on the course of American history than the Civil War and the emancipation of four million slaves. This book examines the economic and political factors that led to the attempt by Southerners to dissolve the Union in 1860 and the equally determined effort of Northerners to preserve it. A central thesis of the book is that slavery not only "caused" the Civil War by producing tensions that could not be resolved by compromise; the slave system also played a crucial role in the outcome of the war by crippling the Southern war effort at the same time that emancipation became a unifying cause for the North. The author looks at a century of sectional conflict over slavery and reveals a great irony of the American Civil War. The South suffered a bitter defeat in a war to protect the institution of slavery, even though it is likely that the Constitution of the United States offered the best protection for a slave system. And, despite the abolition of slavery in the United States, equality for Black Americans remained a distant dream.
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/29/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Roger L. Ransom is professor of history and economics at the University of California, Riverside. He is co-author of the groundbreaking work One Kind of Freedom: The Economic Consequences of Emancipation.

List of tables and illustrations
Preface
Historical puzzles
Slavery and freedom
The economics of slavery
The politics of slavery
The politics of compromise
Slavery and the war
The impact of emancipation
After the war
Bibliography
Index