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Author Majewski, John D., 1965-

Title Modernizing a slave economy : the economic vision of the Confederate nation / John Majewski
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 240 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series)
Contents Introduction: Imagining a Confederate economy -- Shifting cultivation, slavery, and economic development -- Agricultural reform and state activism -- Explaining Lieber's paradox : railroads, state building, and slavery -- Redefining free trade to modernize the South -- Economic nationalism and the growth of the Confederate state -- Statistical appendix: The origins and impact of shifting cultivation
Summary What would separate Union and Confederate countries look like if the South had won the Civil War? This was something that southern seccessionists actively debated. Imagining themselves as nation builders, they understood the importance of a plan for the economic structure of the Confederacy. The traditional view assumes that Confederate slave-based agrarianism went hand in hand with a natural hostility toward industry and commerce. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, this book's analysis finds that secessionists strongly believed in industrial development and state-led modernisation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Southern States.
Economic development -- Confederate States of America -- History.
Slavery -- Economic aspects -- Southern States.
Confederate States of America -- Economic conditions.
Confederate States of America -- Economic policy.
Confederate States of America -- Politics and government.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0807882372 (electronic bk.)
1469603276 (electronic bk.)
9780807882375 (electronic bk.)
9781469603278 (electronic bk.)