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Slavery, Economics And Constitutional Ideals, Edward L. Ayers Jan 2002

Slavery, Economics And Constitutional Ideals, Edward L. Ayers

History Faculty Publications

As we think about endings, however, it is also useful to think about beginnings. That is what President Abraham Lincoln did in his Second Inaugural Address, delivered just five weeks before the surrender at Appomattox and his own assassination soon thereafter. All knew, he said reflecting sadly and thoughtfully on how the Civil War came about, that slavery was, "somehow," the cause. In fact, "somehow," however, lay puzzles, contradictions, and questions. The connections between slavery and the Civil War have concerned Americans ever since the events at Appomattox.


The Fruits Of Merchant Capital: Slavery And Bourgeois Property In The Rise And Expansion Of Capitalism (Book Review), Edward L. Ayers Jan 1983

The Fruits Of Merchant Capital: Slavery And Bourgeois Property In The Rise And Expansion Of Capitalism (Book Review), Edward L. Ayers

History Faculty Publications

Review of the book,The Fruits of Merchant Capital: Slavery and Bourgeois Property in the Rise and Expansion of Capitalism by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.