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Antislavery Debate: Capitalism & Abolitionism as a Problem

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This volume brings together one of the most provocative debates among historians in recent years. The center of controversy is the emergence of the antislavery movement in the United States and Britain and the relation of capitalism to this development.

The essays delve beyond these issues, however, to raise a deeper question of historical interpretation: What are the relations between consciousness, moral action, and social change? The debate illustrates that concepts common in historical practice are not so stable as we have thought them to be. It is about concepts as much as evidence, about the need for clarity in using the tools of contemporary historical practice.

The participating historians are scholars of great distinction. Beginning with an essay published in the American Historical Review (AHR), Thomas L. Haskell challenged the interpretive framework of David Brion Davis's celebrated study, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution. The AHR subsequently published responses by Davis and by John Ashworth, as well as a rejoinder by Haskell. The AHR essays and the relevant portions of Davis's book are reprinted here. In addition, there are two new essays by Davis and Ashworth and a general consideration of the subject by Thomas Bender.

This is a highly disciplined, insightful presentation of a major controversy in historical interpretation that will expand the debate into new realms.

Synopsis:

"The marrow of the most important historiographical controversy since the 1970s."—Michael Johnson, University of California, Irvine

"A debate of intellectual significance and power. The implications of these essays extend far beyond antislavery, important as that subject undoubtedly is. This will be of major importance to students of historical method as well as the history of ideas and reform movements."—Carl N. Degler, Stanford University

About the Author

Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University. John Ashworth is Lecturer in American Studies at the University of East Anglia. David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. Thomas L. Haskell is Professor of History at Rice University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520077799
Editor:
Bender, Thomas
Designed:
Ashworth, John
Editor:
Bender, Thomas
Designed by:
Ashworth, John
Designed by:
Davis, David Brion
Designed:
Ashworth, John
Designed:
Davis, David B.
Designed:
Davis, David Brion
Author:
Bender, Thomas
Author:
Haskell, Thomas L.
Author:
Davis, David Brion
Author:
Ashworth, John
Designed:
Davis, David Brion
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Antislavery movements
Subject:
Capitalism -- United States.
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19920631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 16 z

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"The marrow of the most important historiographical controversy since the 1970s."—Michael Johnson, University of California, Irvine

"A debate of intellectual significance and power. The implications of these essays extend far beyond antislavery, important as that subject undoubtedly is. This will be of major importance to students of historical method as well as the history of ideas and reform movements."—Carl N. Degler, Stanford University

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