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Author Levine, Bruce C., 1949-

Title Half slave and half free : the roots of civil war / Bruce Levine ; consulting editor, Eric Foner.

Imprint New York : Hill and Wang, 1992.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  973.711 L578h 1992    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st ed.
Description x, 292 pages ; 22 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series American century series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-282) and index.
Contents Introduction: Freedom, slavery, and the legacy of the American Revolution -- "Our laborers are our property": the southern slave economy -- "Each person works for himself": the ideal and reality of free labor -- "A complete revolution in social life": cultural change in the Antebellum north -- "The anointed lords of creation": culture and society in the Antebellum south -- "Called by the same name": the many meanings of liberty -- To "fight against the serpent": antislavery and its early progress -- "A fireball in the night": the struggle escalates -- "Keep it within limits": western lands and free soil -- "Anti Nebraska feeling is too deep": origins and triumph of Republicanism -- "The inexorable logic of events": secession, war, and emancipation.
Summary Half Slave and Half Free is a powerful treatment of the basic issues and social transformations that precipitated the Civil War. In a succinct, persuasive narrative, Bruce Levine succeeds in showing how a popular basis for the Civil War developed out of the far-reaching and divisive changes in American life after the incomplete Revolution of 1776--changes that stemmed from the development of two very distinct social systems, one based on slavery, the other on free labor, which eventually made sectional differences within the framework of the Union irreconcilable.
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes.
United States -- History -- 1783-1865.
Working class -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
American Civil War (1861-1865) (OCoLC)fst01351658
Slavery. (OCoLC)fst01120426
War -- Causes. (OCoLC)fst01170331
Working class. (OCoLC)fst01180418
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1783-1899
Added Author Foner, Eric, 1943-
ISBN 0374523096 (pbk.)
9780374523091 (pbk.)

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