Slave Country: American Expansion
and The Origins of the Deep South
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
Slave Country, is a book on early America and it tells the story of the rapid growth of slavery in the newly formed states. Slavery slowly disappeared from the northern states and the importation of captive Africans was prohibited. But, at the same time, the country's slave population grew, new plantation crops appeared, and several new slave states joined the Union. Adam Rothman explores how slavery grew a staggering amount in a new nation formed by the principle of equality among free men, and tells the consequences of U.S. expansion into the region that became the Deep South. Rothman delves into the ideas of capitalism and nationalism that began a huge forced migration of slaves into Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. He tells the story of the relationships held among the European, African, and indigenous peoples who inhabited the Deep South during the Jeffersonian era, and who turned the region into a slave system. Rothman writes of the violence that jeopardized Jefferson’s vision of republican expansion across the American continent.
Slave Country, incorporates many social aspects in its story to draw a relationship between freedom and slavery in early America. This book would be a good read for someone extremely interested in this time period, and has a lot of time on their hands, it is a laborious read but also interesting if you can retain the information. Adam Rothman explains in great detail how slavery expanded into Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. Slave Country, gives an analytical view of how the three states associated with the south; Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, evolved into plantation societies. The pacing of the book seemed very slow and jammed packed with too many facts and not enough...