Greatest Emancipations: How the West Abolished Slavery (Google eBook)

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 24, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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For thousands of years, slavery went unchallenged in principle. Then in a single century, slavery was abolished and more than seven million slaves were freed. Greatest Emancipation tells this amazing story, focusing on Haiti, the British Caribbean, the United States, Cuba and Brazil, which accounted for the vast majority of slaves in the west. Jim Powell offers some surprising insights and shows that while the abolition of slavery was essential to any free society, it wasn’t the sole determing factor, since some societies that abolished slavery later embraced dictatorships. Jim Powell reveals the process and tremendous influence that slavery's eradication had on individual societies in the west.


  

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A good overview of how slavery ended in the West; however, it does not go into detail. It also has an interesting analysis of the effects of how the way the society ended slavery effected the society. Read full review

Contents

Could Slavery Be Abolished?
9
Ideas that Inspired the Abolitionists
23
Haiti and the First Successful Slave Revolt
41
British Abolitionists Peaceful Campaign against Slavery
67
British Diplomats and Commanders Struggle to Stop the Slave Trade
93
The United States and the Military Strategy for Abolition
117
Revolts War and the Collapse of Cuban Slavery
141
Brazils Resourceful Abolitionists
163
Courageous Campaign against Secret Slavery in the Congo
185
How Did It All Work Out?
215
Conclusion
237
Timeline of Antislavery in the Western World
247
Notes
257
Selected Bibliography
271
Index
281
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Jim Powell has been a senior fellow at the Cato Institute since 1988. He is the author of popular history books such as FDR's Folly and Wilson's War and has written more than four hundred articles for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Money, Reason, and numerous other national publications. He lives in Westport, CT.

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