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The Resource Slavery in the American republic : developing the federal government, 1791-1861, David F. Ericson

Slavery in the American republic : developing the federal government, 1791-1861, David F. Ericson

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Slavery in the American republic : developing the federal government, 1791-1861
Title
Slavery in the American republic
Title remainder
developing the federal government, 1791-1861
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David F. Ericson
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Covers the effects of dealing with slavery on the growth of the federal government: the navy grew to intercept slave ships after 1808, the army grew to clear Indians out of the way to keep slave markets stable, the federal government rented slaves, and a new kind of partnership between the government and the private sector emerged to found the colony of Liberia
  • Many scholars believe that the existence of slavery stymied the development of the American state because slaveholding Southern politicians were so at odds with a federal government they feared would abolish their peculiar institution. David Ericson argues to the contrary, showing that over a seventy-year period slavery actually contributed significantly to the development of the American state, even as a "house divided." Drawing on deep archival research that tracks federal expenditures on slavery-related items, Ericson reveals how the policies, practices, and institutions of the early national government functioned to protect slavery and thereby contributed to its own development. Here are surprising descriptions of how the federal government increased its state capacities as it implemented slavery-friendly policies, such as creating more stable slave markets by removing Native Americans, deterring slave revolts, recovering fugitive slaves, enacting a ban on slave imports, and not enacting a ban on the interstate slave trade. It also bolstered its own law-enforcement power by reinforcing navy squadrons to interdict illegal slave trading, hiring deputy marshals to capture fugitive slaves and slave rescuers, and deploying soldiers to remove Native Americans and deter slave rescues and revolts. Going beyond Don Fehrenbacher's The Slaveholding Republic, Ericson shows how the presence of slavery indirectly influenced the development of the American state in highly significant ways. Enforcement of the 1808 slave-import ban involved the federal government in border control for the first time, and participation in founding a colony in Liberia established an early model of public-private partnerships. The presence of slavery also spurred the development of the U.S. Army through its many slavery-related deployments, particularly during the Second Seminole War, and the federal government's own slave rentals influenced its labor-management practices. Ericson's study unearths a long-neglected history, connecting slavery-influenced policy areas more explicitly to early American state development and more fully accounting for the money and manpower the federal government devoted to those areas. Rich in historical detail, it marks a significant contribution to our understanding of state development and the impact of slavery on early American politics
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1950-
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Ericson, David F.
Dewey number
973.4
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E449
LC item number
.E733 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American Colonization Society
  • Slavery
  • Slavery
  • Federal government
  • Federal government
  • Sectionalism (United States)
  • Slavery
  • African Americans
  • United States
  • Sklaverei
Label
Slavery in the American republic : developing the federal government, 1791-1861, David F. Ericson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Slavery in a "house divided" -- Slavery and controlling the national borders -- The first American colony -- The slave-catching republic -- The slavery garrisoned state -- Free labor not preferred -- The "house divided" revisited
Control code
714731547
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 298 pages
Isbn
9780700617968
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011033175
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)714731547
Label
Slavery in the American republic : developing the federal government, 1791-1861, David F. Ericson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Slavery in a "house divided" -- Slavery and controlling the national borders -- The first American colony -- The slave-catching republic -- The slavery garrisoned state -- Free labor not preferred -- The "house divided" revisited
Control code
714731547
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 298 pages
Isbn
9780700617968
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011033175
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)714731547

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