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Author Waite, Kevin (Historian), author.

Title West of slavery : the Southern dream of a transcontinental empire / Kevin Waite
Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 372 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The David J. Weber series in the new borderlands history
David J. Weber series in the new borderlands history.
Contents The Southern dream of a Pacific empire -- The great slavery road -- The lesser slavery road -- The southernization of antebellum California -- Slavery in the Desert South -- The continental crisis of the Union -- West of the Confederacy -- Reconstruction and the afterlife of the continental South
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 07, 2021)
Subject Slavery -- Southwestern States -- History -- 19th century
African Americans -- Southwestern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Indians of North America -- Southwestern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Peonage -- Southwestern States -- History -- 19th century
HISTORY -- United States -- Civil War Period (1850-1877)
African Americans -- Social conditions
Indians of North America -- Social conditions
International relations
Politics and government
SUBJECT Southwestern States -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Southwestern States -- Relations -- Southern States
Southern States -- Relations -- Southwestern States
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Subject Southern States
United States
United States -- Southwestern States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 146966321X