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The Resource Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase, Roger G. Kennedy

Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase, Roger G. Kennedy

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Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase
Title
Mr. Jefferson's lost cause
Title remainder
land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase
Statement of responsibility
Roger G. Kennedy
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Thomas Jefferson advocated a republic of small farmers--free and independent yeomen. And yet as president he presided over a massive expansion of the slaveholding plantation system--particularly with the Louisiana Purchase--squeezing the yeomanry to the fringes and to less desirable farmland. Now Roger Kennedy conducts an eye-opening examination of that gap between Jefferson's stated aspirations and what actually happened. Kennedy reveals how the Louisiana Purchase had a major impact on land use and the growth of slavery. He examines the great financial interests that beat down slavery's many opponents in the South itself (Native Americans, African Americans, Appalachian farmers, and conscientious opponents of slavery). He describes how slaveholders' cash crops (first tobacco, then cotton) sickened the soil and how the planters moved from one desolated tract to the next. Soon the dominant culture of the entire region--from Maryland to Florida, from Carolina to Texas--was that of owners and slaves producing staple crops for international markets. The earth itself was impoverished, in many places beyond redemption. None of this, Kennedy argues, was inevitable. He focuses on the character, ideas, and ambitions of Thomas Jefferson to show how he and other Southerners struggled with the moral dilemmas presented by the presence of Indian farmers on land they coveted, by the enslavement of their workforce, by the betrayal of their stated hopes, and by the manifest damage being done to the earth itself
Cataloging source
LNW
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Kennedy, Roger G
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Intended audience
1460
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Slavery
  • Plantation owners
  • Family farms
  • Land settlement
  • Slavery
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
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Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase, Roger G. Kennedy
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 312-335) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st pbk. ed.
Extent
xv, 350 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195176070
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
ocm56554880
Label
Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase, Roger G. Kennedy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 312-335) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st pbk. ed.
Extent
xv, 350 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780195176070
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
ocm56554880

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