Carry Me Back: The Domestic Slave Trade in American Life

Oxford University Press, 14.04.2005 - 416 Seiten
Originating with the birth of the nation itself, in many respects, the story of the domestic slave trade is also the story of the early United States. While an external traffic in slaves had always been present, following the American Revolution this was replaced by a far more vibrant internal trade. Most importantly, an interregional commerce in slaves developed that turned human property into one of the most valuable forms of investment in the country, second only to land. In fact, this form of property became so valuable that when threatened with its ultimate extinction in 1860, southern slave owners believed they had little alternative but to leave the Union. Therefore, while the interregional trade produced great wealth for many people, and the nation, it also helped to tear the country apart. The domestic slave trade likewise played a fundamental role in antebellum American society. Led by professional traders, who greatly resembled northern entrepreneurs, this traffic was a central component in the market revolution of the early nineteenth century. In addition, the development of an extensive local trade meant that the domestic trade, in all its configurations, was a prominent feature in southern life. Yet, this indispensable part of the slave system also raised many troubling questions. For those outside the South, it affected their impression of both the region and the new nation. For slaveholders, it proved to be the most difficult part of their institution to defend. And for those who found themselves commodities in this trade, it was something that needed to be resisted at all costs. Carry Me Back restores the domestic slave trade to the prominent place that it deserves in early American history, exposing the many complexities of southern slavery and antebellum American life.

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Origins of the Domestic Slave Trade
The Rise of the Cotton Kingdom
The Fall of the Cotton Kingdom
Slave Traders and the Market Revolution in the South
The Buying and Selling of Human Property
The Domestic Slave Trade and the Abolitionist Attack on Slavery
The Slave Trades Effect upon the White South
AfricanAmerican Resistance to the Domestic Slave Trade
Total Slave Migration 18201860 and Percentage of Migration Attributable to the Interregional Slave Trade
Estimated Number of Local Slave Sales and Total Number of Southern Slave Sales 18201860

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Steven Deyle is Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston.

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