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The Resource Masterless men : poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South, Keri Leigh Merritt

Masterless men : poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South, Keri Leigh Merritt

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Masterless men : poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South
Title
Masterless men
Title remainder
poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South
Statement of responsibility
Keri Leigh Merritt
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Analyzing land policy, labor, and legal history, Keri Leigh Merritt reveals what happens to excess workers when a capitalist system is predicated on slave labor. With the rising global demand for cotton--and thus, slaves--in the 1840s and 1850s, the need for white laborers in the American South was drastically reduced, creating a large underclass who were unemployed or underemployed. These poor whites could not compete--for jobs or living wages--with profitable slave labor. Though impoverished whites were never subjected to the daily violence and degrading humiliations of racial slavery, they did suffer tangible socio-economic consequences as a result of living in a slave society. Merritt examines how these 'masterless' men and women threatened the existing Southern hierarchy and ultimately helped push Southern slaveholders toward secession and civil war"--
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DLC
Dewey number
975/.03
Index
index present
LC call number
F220.A1
LC item number
M37 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies on the American South
Label
Masterless men : poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South, Keri Leigh Merritt
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The second degree of slavery -- 1. The Southern origins of the Homestead Act -- 2. The demoralization of labor -- 3. Masterless (and militant) white workers -- 4. Everyday life : material realities -- 5. Literacy, education, and disfranchisement -- 6. Vagrancy, alcohol, and crime -- 7. Poverty and punishment -- 8. Race, Republicans, and vigilante violence -- 9. Class crisis and the Civil War -- Conclusion: A duel emancipation -- Appendix: Numbers, percentages, and the census
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 361 pages
Isbn
9781107184244
Lccn
2017003313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)980599951
Label
Masterless men : poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South, Keri Leigh Merritt
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The second degree of slavery -- 1. The Southern origins of the Homestead Act -- 2. The demoralization of labor -- 3. Masterless (and militant) white workers -- 4. Everyday life : material realities -- 5. Literacy, education, and disfranchisement -- 6. Vagrancy, alcohol, and crime -- 7. Poverty and punishment -- 8. Race, Republicans, and vigilante violence -- 9. Class crisis and the Civil War -- Conclusion: A duel emancipation -- Appendix: Numbers, percentages, and the census
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 361 pages
Isbn
9781107184244
Lccn
2017003313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)980599951

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