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Between Slavery and Capitalism: The Legacy of Emancipation in the American South

Martin Ruef


At the center of the upheavals brought by emancipation in the American South was the economic and social transition from slavery to modern capitalism. This book examines how this institutional change affected individuals, organizations, and communities in the late nineteenth century, as blacks and whites alike learned to navigate the shoals between two different economic worlds. In the aftermath of the Civil War, uncertainty was a pervasive feature of life in the South, affecting the economic behavior and social status of former slaves, Freedmen's Bureau agents, planters, merchants, and politi ... More

Keywords: emancipation, American South, slavery, capitalism, American Civil War, former slaves, postbellum era, Old South, New South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691162775
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691162775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Ruef, author
Duke University