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Author Ashworth, John, 1950-

Title Slavery, capitalism, and politics in the antebellum Republic / John Ashworth
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995-


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  331.117340973 Ash/Sca  AVAILABLE
Description volumes <1 > ; 23 cm
Contents v. 1. Commerce and compromise, 1820-1850
Summary The Civil War should be seen as America's 'bourgeois revolution'. So argues Dr John Ashworth in this novel reinterpretation, from a Marxist perspective, of American political and economic development in the forty years before the Civil War. Volume one, the first of a two-volume treatment of slavery, capitalism and politics, locates the political struggles of the antebellum period in the international context of the dismantling of unfree labor systems. With its sequel, the volume will demonstrate that the conflict resulted from differences between capitalist and slave modes of production. With a careful synthesis of existing scholarship on the economics of slavery, the origins of abolitionism, the proslavery argument and the second party system, Ashworth maintains that the origins of the American Civil War are best understood in terms derived from Marxism
Analysis Black persons Slaves
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Capitalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Economic aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Working class -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Economic conditions -- To 1865.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1815-1861.
LC no. 95009957
ISBN 0521474876 (hbk.)
0521479940 (paperback)
Other Titles Coming of the Civil War, 1850-1861
Commerce and compromise, 1820-1850