The Chattel Principle: Internal Slave Trades in the Americas

The Chattel Principle: Internal Slave Trades in the Americas

by Walter Johnson, David Brion Davis

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This wide-ranging book presents the first comprehensive and comparative account of the slave trade within the nations and colonial systems of the Americas. While most scholarly attention to slavery in the Americas has concentrated on international transatlantic trade, the essays in this volume focus on the slave trades within Brazil, the West Indies, and the Southern states of the United States after the closing of the Atlantic slave trade.

The contributors cast new light upon questions that have framed the study of slavery in the Americas for decades. The book investigates such topics as the illegal slave trade in Cuba, the Creole slave revolt in the U.S., and the debate between pro- and antislavery factions over the interstate slave trade in the South. Together, the authors offer fresh and provocative insights into the interrelations of capitalism, sovereignty, and slavery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300129472
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: David Brion Davis Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Walter Johnson is associate professor of American Studies and History, New York University. He is the author of Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market.

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