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Chattel Slavery and Wage Slavery - The Anglo-American Context, 1830-1860 (Paperback) Loot Price: R619
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Chattel Slavery and Wage Slavery - The Anglo-American Context, 1830-1860 (Paperback): Marcus Cunliffe

Chattel Slavery and Wage Slavery - The Anglo-American Context, 1830-1860 (Paperback)

Marcus Cunliffe

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This book begins with a provocative paradox: George Fitzhugh of Virginia, one of the most eloquent defenders of Southern chattel slavery, appealed to a New York abolitionist for support. How can this be? The abolitionist in question, Charles Edwards Lester, had confessed that "he would sooner subject his child to Southern slavery, than have him to be a free laborer of England." Lester was in fact referring to the "white" or "wage" slavery of the mother country.

In a three part study, Cunliffe explores the context of chattel and wage slavery in Britain and the United States. He first outlines the evolution of the concept of wage slavery in Europe and the United States, demonstrating how this concept bore upon opinions about chattel slavery in America.

In his second section, Cunliffe discusses the precariousness of Anglo-American relationships during the period of 1830 to 1860. In their resentment of British rebukes aimed at the persistence of slavery in a democracy, Americans retaliated by claiming that British wage slavery was worse than American plantation slavery.

Cunliffe concludes by charting the career of Lester, the seemingly atypical New York abolitionist. Lester displayed a conviction that Britain was a corrupt and brutal society, most of whose leading citizens detested America. Cunliffe maintains that Lester's opinions were shared by many of his countrymen during the antebellum decades; in this sense he may have been more truly representative of American attitudes than either Southerners like Fitzhugh or Northerner abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison.

General

Imprint: University of Georgia Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2006
First published: May 2008
Authors: Marcus Cunliffe
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 9mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-3241-3
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > American history
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
LSN: 0-8203-3241-0
Barcode: 9780820332413

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