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Author Carey, Anthony Gene.

Title Sold down the river : slavery in the lower Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia / Anthony Gene Carey
Published Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 263 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction: writing slaveries from the perspectives of one place -- Slaveries, rivalries, revolutions, removals: the valley from creek heartland to American frontier -- Markets in flesh: the parameters of slavery and the slave trade -- The work of slavery, the lineaments of life -- "A tight fight where us was": punishment, resistance, and power -- Praying together for different things: evangelicalism and the limits of biracial worship -- Whose bodies? whose families? whose homes? Contesting identity and domesticity -- Epilogue: "Dere is sumpin' 'bout bein' free": the overthrow of slavery
Summary In the New World, the buying and selling of slaves and of the commodities that they produced generated immense wealth, which reshaped existing societies and helped build new ones. From small beginnings, slavery in North America expanded until it furnished the foundation for two extraordinarily rich and powerful slave societies, the United States of America and then the Confederate States of America. The expansion and concentration of slavery into what became the Confederacy in 1861 was arguably the most momentous development after nationhood itself in the early history of the American republic. This book examines a relatively small part of slavery's North American domain, the lower Chattahoochee river Valley between Alabama and Georgia. Although geographically at the heart of Dixie, the valley was among the youngest parts of the Old South; only thirty-seven years separate the founding of Columbus, Georgia, and the collapse of the Confederacy. In those years, the area was overrun by a slave society characterized by astonishing demographic, territorial, and economic expansion. Valley counties of Georgia and Alabama became places where everything had its price, and where property rights in enslaved persons formed the basis of economic activity. Sold Down the River examines a microcosm of slavery as it was experienced in an archetypical southern locale through its effect on individual people, as much as can be determined from primary sources
Notes "Published in cooperation with the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Troup County Historical Society."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Slavery -- Chattahoochee River Valley -- History
Slavery -- Chattahoochee River Valley
Chattahoochee River Valley -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Commission, Historic Chattahoochee
Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Troup County Historical Society.
LC no. 2010048793
ISBN 0817385665 (electronic bk.)
9780817385668 (electronic bk.)
(cloth alk. paper)
(cloth alk. paper)