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Calculating the Value of the Union: Slavery, Property Rights, and the Economic Origins of the Civil War (Civil War America)

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While slavery is often at the heart of debates over the causes of the Civil War, historians are not agreed on precisely what aspect of slavery-with its various social, economic, political, cultural, and moral ramifications-gave rise to the sectional rift. In Calculating the Value of the Union, James Huston integrates economic, social, and political history to argue that the issue of property rights as they pertained to slavery was at the center of the Civil War.

In the early years of the nineteenth century, southern slaveholders sought a national definition of property rights that would recognize and protect their ownership of slaves. Northern interests, on the other hand, opposed any national interpretation of property rights because of the threat slavery posed to the northern free labor market, particularly if allowed to spread to western territories. This impasse sparked a process of political realignment that culminated in the creation of the Republican Party, ultimately leading to the secession crisis.

Deeply researched and carefully written, this study rebuts recent trends in antebellum historiography and persuasively argues for a fundamentally economic interpretation of the slavery issue and the coming of the Civil War.

About the Author

James L. Huston is professor of history at Oklahoma State University. His books include Securing the Fruits of Labor: The American Concept of Wealth Distribution, 1765-1900.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807828045
Author:
Huston, James L.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Right of property
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Civil War; History/United States: General;
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
History - United States/General
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Civil War America
Series Volume:
EDO-PS-01-12
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 tables, 17 figs.
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

Related Subjects

Business » History and Biographies
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War

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