Oakes, James.

The ruling race : a history of American slaveholders / by James Oakes. - London ; New York : W.W. Norton, 1998. - xxv, 307 p. ; 21 cm.

Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1982.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-295) and index.

TABLE OF CONTENTS -- The colonial legacy -- Revolutionary slaveholders -- The market culture -- Master-class pluralism -- The slaveholders' pilgrimage -- The convenient sin -- Freedom and bondage -- Plantations, plebeians, and patricians -- Factories in the fields -- Masters of tradition -- The slaveholder's revolution -- Sample of slaveholders from the 1850 census.

"In this reexamination of the South's "peculiar institution," James Oakes breaks the myth that slaveholders were a paternalistic aristocracy and argues convincingly that they were acquisitive entrepreneurs who advocated political democracy - for whites only." -- Page 4 of cover.

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Slaveholders--Southern States.
Slavery--Southern States.


Southern States--Social conditions.

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