Belshe on Levine

Belshe on Levine - Levine Bruce Half Slave and Half Free...

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Levine, Bruce. Half Slave and Half Free: The Roots of the Civil War. New York: Hill and Wang, 1992. A resynthesis of social and political Civil War history (xiii) Bibliographic essay: history of slavery as the main cause of the civil war Influenced by Eric Foner (Labor historian) Book argues that “slavery was at the heart of the political struggle that culminated in the civil war” (x) as the Northern and Southern states diverged in “economies, social structures, and cultural and political values” (x-xi) Slavery was at the root of these problems and differences Civil War had a more profound effect on the structure of American society than the Revolution. Levine looks at the end of slavery and the effect this had on economics, social, cultural, ideological development on American people Paradox of American slavery: illustrated by Jefferson’s words Slavery lost popularity in North as it gained in South; 90% of South’s Black population enslaved (7) Factors in determining to end the slave trade:
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