The Chattel Principle: Internal Slave Trades in the Americas (The David Brion Davis Series) (Paperback)

The Chattel Principle: Internal Slave Trades in the Americas (The David Brion Davis Series) By Walter Johnson (Editor) Cover Image
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This wide-ranging book presents the first comprehensive and comparative account of the slave trade within the nations and colonial systems of the Americas. While most scholarly attention to slavery in the Americas has concentrated on international transatlantic trade, the essays in this volume focus on the slave trades within Brazil, the West Indies, and the Southern states of the United States after the closing of the Atlantic slave trade.

The contributors cast new light upon questions that have framed the study of slavery in the Americas for decades. The book investigates such topics as the illegal slave trade in Cuba, the Creole slave revolt in the U.S., and the debate between pro- and antislavery factions over the interstate slave trade in the South. Together, the authors offer fresh and provocative insights into the interrelations of capitalism, sovereignty, and slavery.

About the Author


Walter Johnson is associate professor of American Studies and History, New York University. He is the author of Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market.

Praise For…


The Chattel Principle breaks new ground on a topic of great importance that has, until very recently, escaped the attention it deserves.”--Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300103557
ISBN-10: 0300103557
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: March 8th, 2005
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: The David Brion Davis Series