Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil WAr by Jeffrey HummelEmancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil WAr by Jeffrey Hummel

Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil WAr

byJeffrey HummelForeword byJohn Majewski

Paperback | December 20, 2013

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For the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a new edition of this acclaimed work.This book combines a sweeping narrative of the Civil War with a bold new look at the war's significance for American society. Professor Hummel sees the Civil War as America's turning point: simultaneously the culmination and repudiation of the American revolution.Chapters tell the story of the Civil War, discussing the issues raised in readable prose, each followed by a detailed bibliographical essay, looking at the different major works on the subject with varying ideological viewpoints and conclusions.In his economic analysis of slavery, Professor Hummel takes a different view. While some writers claim that slavery was unprofitable and harmful to the Southern economy, and others maintain it was profitable and efficient for the South, Hummel uses the economic concept of 'Deadweight Loss' to show that slavery was both highly profitable for slave owners and harmful to Southern economic development.While highly critical of Confederate policy, Hummel argues that the war was fought to prevent secession, not to end slavery, and that preservation of the Union was not necessary to end slavery arguing that the South crucially relied on the Northern states to return runaway slaves to their owners. This book combines a sweeping narrative of the Civil War with a bold new look at the war's significance for American society. Professor Hummel sees the Civil War as America's turning point: simultaneously the culmination and repudiation of the American revolution.Chapters tell the story of the Civil War, discussing the issues raised in readable prose, each followed by a detailed bibliographical essay, looking at the different major works on the subject with varying ideological viewpoints and conclusions.In his economic analysis of slavery, Professor Hummel takes a different view. While some writers claim that slavery was unprofitable and harmful to the Southern economy, and others maintain it was profitable and efficient for the South, Hummel uses the economic concept of 'Deadweight Loss' to show that slavery was both highly profitable for slave owners and harmful to Southern economic development.While highly critical of Confederate policy, Hummel argues that the war was fought to prevent secession, not to end slavery, and that preservation of the Union was not necessary to end slavery arguing that the South crucially relied on the Northern states to return runaway slaves to their owners.
Jeffrey Rogers Hummel is Associate Professor of Economics at San Jose State University, where he teaches both economics and history. He lives in Walnut Creek, CA. John Majewski is Professor of History at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is author ofModernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Na...
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Title:Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil WArFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:December 20, 2013Publisher:Carus PublishingLanguage:English

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With its insightful analysis (not to mention the extensive bibliographical essay that elaborates each chapter),Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men will supply both the academic and the Civil War buff with an added perspective on the causes and consequences of the Civil War." - Publishers Weekly"Hummel . . . presents some uncomfortable truths for both sides of the Civil War. For the South, Hummel builds a case that the war was indeed about slavery. For the North, he shows that a war to preserve the union was morally bankrupt and that freeing the slaves was the only justifiable reason for fighting. Yet Hummel demonstrates that even a war for such a noble cause was probably unnecessary, since slavery was politically doomed in an independent South. Hummel also illustrates some of thecost of the war, such as Lincoln's suppression of political opposition, the closing of dissenting newspapers, and the creation of big government under Republicans Lincoln, Johnson, and Grant. Here, Hummel steps on some toes." - Library Journal". . . a lucid, edifying account of the Civil War era. Mr. Hummel has an impressive command of the relevant contemporary literature. His interpretations are thoughtful, often provocative, always well worth considering. Civil War buffs will want this book on their shelves." - Kenneth M. Stampp, author ofThe Peculiar Institution"Even veteran students of the conflict will find much to challenge their thinking in this forcefully argued and clearly written study." - Gary W. Gallagher, Professor of American History, Penn State University"