River of Dark Dreams

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Harvard University Press, Feb 26, 2013 - History - 524 pages
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River of Dark Dreams places the Cotton Kingdom at the center of worldwide webs of exchange and exploitation that extended across oceans and drove an insatiable hunger for new lands. This bold reaccounting dramatically alters our understanding of American slavery and its role in U.S. expansionism, global capitalism, and the upcoming Civil War.
 

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River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

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Johnson (history, African and African American studies, Harvard; Slavery's Ghost: The Problem of Freedom in the Age of Emancipation) has written a book as big and bold as the Mississippi River valley ... Read full review

Contents

Boom
1
1 Jeffersonian Visions and Nightmares in Louisiana
18
2 The Panic of 1835
46
3 The Steamboat Sublime
73
4 Limits to Capital
97
5 The Runaways River
126
6 Dominion
151
7 The Empire of the White Mans Will
176
10 Capital Cotton and Free Trade
280
11 Tales of Mississippian Empire
303
12 The Material Limits of Manifest Destiny
330
13 The GreyEyed Man of Destiny
366
14 The Ignominious Effort to Reopen the Slave Trade
395
Notes
423
Acknowledgments
509
Index
515

8 The Carceral Landscape
209
9 The Mississippi Valley in the Time of Cotton
244

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Walter Johnson is Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Author's home: Cambridge, MA

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