Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - History - 246 pages
1 Review
Historian James Oakes's pathbreaking interpretation of the slaveholding South demonstrates that slavery and freedom were not mutually exclusive but were intertwined in every dimension of life in the South, influencing relations between masters and slaves, slaveholders and non-slaveholders, and resulting in the rise of a racist ideology. ". . . a solidly researched, provocative account of the Old South that will make its readers think and rethink".--NEWSDAY.

What people are saying - Write a review

Slavery and freedom: an interpretation of the Old South

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Slavery and freedom must always be understood in context, and the appropriate context in the Old South was liberal capitalism, historian Oakes argues in five telescopic essays. Weaving an interpretive ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - realsupergirl - LibraryThing

An excellent analysis of the culture and society of the Civil War era, and the influence it had on race and class in America today. Read full review


Slaveholders and Nonslaveholders

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1998)

James Oakes is the author of several acclaimed books on slavery and the Civil War. His history of emancipation, Freedom National, won the Lincoln Prize and was longlisted for the National Book Award. He is Distinguished Professor of History and Graduate School Humanities Professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Bibliographic information