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This vast southern empire : slaveholders at the helm of American foreign policy / Matthew Karp.

Author/Creator:
Karp, Matthew, 1981- author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
Format/Description:
Book
360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Subjects:
Slavery -- Government policy -- United States -- History.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1783-1865.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1865.
Power (Social sciences) -- United States -- History.
Diplomatic relations.
Politics and government.
Power (Social sciences).
Slavery -- Government policy.
Slavery -- Political aspects.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
A new portrait of the southern slaveholders who occupied the commanding heights of antebellum politics, this book explores the intimate relationship between American slavery and American power. From John C. Calhoun to Jefferson Davis, the South's leading statesmen understood the United States as the chief defender of bound labor in an Atlantic World still teetering between slavery and abolition. Overcoming traditional southern scruples about dangers of centralized authority, slaveholders harnessed the power of the United States to protect vulnerable slave regimes across the hemisphere, from Texas to Brazil.-- Provided by publisher
Contents:
Introduction: The world the slaveholders craved
Confronting the great apostle of emancipation
The strongest naval power on earth
A hemispheric defense of slavery
Slavery's dominoes: Brazil and Texas
The young Hercules of America
King cotton, Emperor slavery
Slaveholding visions of modernity
Foreign policy amid domestic crisis
The military South
American slavery, global power
Epilogue: the rod of empire.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780674737259
0674737253
OCLC:
942610278