River of Dark Dreams by Walter Johnson
Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

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...in highly compelling fashion, it helps us more fully appreciate how thoroughly the slaveholding South was part of the capitalist transatlantic world of the first half of the 19th century.
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River of Dark Dreams places the Cotton Kingdom at the center of worldwide webs of exchange and exploitation that extended across oceans and drove an insatiable hunger for new lands. This bold reaccounting dramatically alters our understanding of American slavery and its role in U.S. expansionism, global capitalism, and the upcoming Civil War.
 

About Walter Johnson

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Walter Johnson is Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.Author's home: Cambridge, MA
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 561 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Mark M Smith on Feb 22 2013

...in highly compelling fashion, it helps us more fully appreciate how thoroughly the slaveholding South was part of the capitalist transatlantic world of the first half of the 19th century.

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