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

Masterless men : poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South, Keri Leigh Merritt, (electronic resource)

Label
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
Creator
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
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1980-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Merritt, Keri Leigh
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies on the American South
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Poor white people
  • Poor white people
  • Slavery
  • Slavery
  • Labor
  • Land tenure
  • Social conflict
  • Southern States
  • Southern States
  • Southern States
Label
Masterless men : poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South, Keri Leigh Merritt, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Control code
ssj0001834162
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 361 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781107184244
Isbn Type
(hardback : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2017003313
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001834162
Label
Masterless men : poor whites and slavery in the antebellum South, Keri Leigh Merritt, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Control code
ssj0001834162
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 361 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781107184244
Isbn Type
(hardback : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2017003313
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001834162

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