Hot Best Seller

West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire (The David J Weber Series in the New Borderlands History)

Availability: Ready to download

When American slaveholders looked west in the mid-nineteenth century, they saw an empire unfolding before them. They pursued that vision through war, diplomacy, political patronage, and perhaps most effectively, the power of migration. By the eve of the Civil War, slaveholders and their allies had transformed the southwestern quarter of the nation--California, New Mexico, When American slaveholders looked west in the mid-nineteenth century, they saw an empire unfolding before them. They pursued that vision through war, diplomacy, political patronage, and perhaps most effectively, the power of migration. By the eve of the Civil War, slaveholders and their allies had transformed the southwestern quarter of the nation--California, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Utah--into an appendage of the South's plantation states. Across this vast swath of the map, white southerners extended the institution of African American chattel slavery while also defending systems of Native American bondage. This surprising history uncovers the Old South in unexpected places, far west of the cotton fields and sugar plantations that exemplify the region. Slaveholders' western ambitions culminated in a coast-to-coast crisis of the Union. By 1861, the rebellion in the South inspired a series of separatist movements in the Far West. Even after the collapse of the Confederacy, the threads connecting South and West held, undermining the radical promise of Reconstruction. Kevin Waite brings to light what contemporaries recognized but historians have described only in part: The struggle over slavery played out on a transcontinental stage.


Compare

When American slaveholders looked west in the mid-nineteenth century, they saw an empire unfolding before them. They pursued that vision through war, diplomacy, political patronage, and perhaps most effectively, the power of migration. By the eve of the Civil War, slaveholders and their allies had transformed the southwestern quarter of the nation--California, New Mexico, When American slaveholders looked west in the mid-nineteenth century, they saw an empire unfolding before them. They pursued that vision through war, diplomacy, political patronage, and perhaps most effectively, the power of migration. By the eve of the Civil War, slaveholders and their allies had transformed the southwestern quarter of the nation--California, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Utah--into an appendage of the South's plantation states. Across this vast swath of the map, white southerners extended the institution of African American chattel slavery while also defending systems of Native American bondage. This surprising history uncovers the Old South in unexpected places, far west of the cotton fields and sugar plantations that exemplify the region. Slaveholders' western ambitions culminated in a coast-to-coast crisis of the Union. By 1861, the rebellion in the South inspired a series of separatist movements in the Far West. Even after the collapse of the Confederacy, the threads connecting South and West held, undermining the radical promise of Reconstruction. Kevin Waite brings to light what contemporaries recognized but historians have described only in part: The struggle over slavery played out on a transcontinental stage.

34 review for West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire (The David J Weber Series in the New Borderlands History)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Boyd Cothran

    Well-researched, convincingly argued, and brilliant in its analysis, Kevin Waite has provided a compelling case for the importance of the West to our understand of the Civil War, its causes, course of events, and consequences. Waite does this by arguing that in the decades before to the Civil War began, slavery’s advocates and supporters were already in the process of expanding chattel slavery into the American southwest with an eye towards the west coast and the Pacific world beyond. And these Well-researched, convincingly argued, and brilliant in its analysis, Kevin Waite has provided a compelling case for the importance of the West to our understand of the Civil War, its causes, course of events, and consequences. Waite does this by arguing that in the decades before to the Civil War began, slavery’s advocates and supporters were already in the process of expanding chattel slavery into the American southwest with an eye towards the west coast and the Pacific world beyond. And these efforts to establish a “Continental South,” Waite demonstrates, increased in their urgency and violence as the conflict developed and ultimately exploded into open warfare. That the Confederate States of America failed in their desire for a transpacific dominion does not diminish the importance of the attempt. In the lead-up to the Civil War, pro-slavery politicians and business men, Waite argues, “sought nothing less than a global web of cotton commerce, stretching from the docks of Liverpool in one direction to the trading houses of Canton in the other” (4). They did so through the canny manipulation of government subsidized western infrastructure, slave labor, and federal power throughout the 1840s and 1850s. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Civil War or the history of the American West.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stevie Hausmann

  3. 4 out of 5

    Will

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jud Barry

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve Walker

  6. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Brown

  7. 5 out of 5

    James Hill Welborn III

  8. 5 out of 5

    Omari Averette-Phillips

  9. 4 out of 5

    James Harrison

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  11. 5 out of 5

    Larry

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sindi

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  18. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Townsend

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andy May

  23. 5 out of 5

    DTReader

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

  25. 5 out of 5

    Salliewt

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fred

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cara Burke

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jarrod S

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Mcnully

  30. 4 out of 5

    Richard Starr Colley

  31. 5 out of 5

    Lashunda

  32. 5 out of 5

    John Lybrand

  33. 4 out of 5

    Colin Ryan

  34. 5 out of 5

    Kaleb

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.