Making a Slave State

Political Development in Early South Carolina
 
 
The University of North Carolina Press
  • erschienen am 28. Februar 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 256 Seiten
978-1-4696-4222-2 (ISBN)
 
How is the state produced? In what ways did enslaved African Americans shape modern governing practices? Ryan A. Quintana provocatively answers these questions by focusing on the everyday production of South Carolina's state space-its roads and canals, borders and boundaries, public buildings and military fortifications. Beginning in the early eighteenth century and moving through the post-War of 1812 internal improvements boom, Quintana highlights the surprising ways enslaved men and women sat at the center of South Carolina's earliest political development, materially producing the state's infrastructure and early governing practices, while also challenging and reshaping both through their day-to-day movements, from the mundane to the rebellious. Focusing on slaves' lives and labors, Quintana illuminates how black South Carolinians not only created the early state but also established their own extralegal economic sites, social and cultural havens, and independent communities along South Carolina's roads, rivers, and canals.

Combining social history, the study of American politics, and critical geography, Quintana reframes our ideas of early American political development, illuminates the material production of space, and reveals the central role of slaves' daily movements (for their owners and themselves) to the development of the modern state.
  • Englisch
  • Chapel Hill
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
3 halftones, 2 maps
  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 416 gr
978-1-4696-4222-2 (9781469642222)
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Ryan A. Quintana is associate professor of history at Wellesley College.
Slavery and enslaved people rightfully sit at the heart of this story.--Journal of Southern History Quintana (Wellesley College) reorients scholars' understanding of state formation by locating the labors and lives of slaves as fundamental to the state's creation. It was enslaved Carolinians who created the roads and especially the canals that bound the residents of South Carolina to the emerging state government.--Choice Combining social history, the study of American politics, and critical geography, Quintana reframes our ideas of early American political development, illuminates the material production of space, and reveals the central role of slaves' daily movements to the development of the modern state.--McCormick Messenger

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