Speculators and Slaves: Masters, Traders, and Slaves in the Old South

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University of Wisconsin Press, 1996 - History - 317 pages
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In this groundbreaking work, Michael Tadman establishes that all levels of white society in the antebellum South were deeply involved in a massive interregional trade in slaves. Using countless previously untapped manuscript sources, he documents black resilience in the face of the pervasive indifference of slaveholders toward slaves and their families. This new paperback edition of Speculators and Slaves offers a substantial new Introduction that advances a major thesis of master-slave relationships. By exploring the gulf between the slaveholders' self-image as benevolent paternalists and their actual behavior, Tadman critiques the theories of close accommodation and paternalistic hegemony that are currently influential.

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About the author (1996)

Michael Tadman is lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Liverpool.  His other published work includes a new edition of Frederic Bancroft's 1931 classic, Slave Trading in the Old South.

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