James Henry Hammond and the Old South: A Design for Mastery

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Louisiana State University Press, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 407 pages
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From his birth in 1807 to his death in 1864 as Sherman's troops marched in triumph toward South Carolina, James Henry Hammond witnessed the rise and fall of the cotton kingdom of the Old South. Planter, politician, and partisan of slavery, Hammond built a career for himself that in its breadth and ambition provides a composite portrait of the civilization in which he flourished.A long-awaited biography, Drew Gilpin Faust's James Henry Hammond and the Old South reveals the South Carolina planter who was at once characteristic of his age and unique among men of his time. Of humble origins, Hammo

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User Review  - MarkStickle - LibraryThing

Unlike many books by academic historians, this is a very 'good read.' Faust traces Hammond's rise from very modest origins, and shows how his very calculated choice of a marriage partner opened the ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

Drew Gilpin Faust is president of Harvard University. Her books include"Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War" and "The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil War South.

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