This Vast Southern Empire

Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy
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Product Number: DD31942
Released: Apr 30, 2017
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ISBN: #9781541402768
Narrator/s: Tom Zingarelli
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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For proslavery leaders like John C. Calhoun and Jefferson Davis, the nineteenth-century world was torn between two hostile forces: a rising movement against bondage, and an Atlantic plantation system that was larger and more productive than ever before. In this great struggle, southern statesmen saw the United States as slavery's most powerful champion. Overcoming traditional qualms about a strong central government, slaveholding leaders harnessed the power of the state to defend slavery abroad. During the antebellum years, they worked energetically to modernize the U.S. military, while steering American diplomacy to protect slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the Republic of Texas. As Matthew Karp demonstrates, these leaders were nationalists, not separatists. Their "vast southern empire" was not an independent South but the entire United States, and only the election of Abraham Lincoln broke their grip on national power. Fortified by years at the helm of U.S. foreign affairs, slave-holding elites formed their own Confederacy-not only as a desperate effort to preserve their property but as a confident bid to shape the future of the Atlantic world.


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This Vast Southern Empire
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Author(s): Matthew Karp
Narrator(s): Tom Zingarelli
Product Number Z100122677
Released: Apr 30, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781541422766

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