This vast southern empire slaveholders at the helm of american foreign policy matthew karp add to cart product details hardcover 2995 o 2195 o eur2700 this vast southern empire explores the international vision and strategic operations of these southerners at the commanding heights of american politics. Matthew karp this vast southern empire slaveholders at the helm of american foreign policy cambridge harvard university press 2016 this isnt your grandparents antebellum south a generation ago it was common for historians to talk about the regressing southern states in the decades preceding civil war. A new portrait of the southern slaveholders who occupied the commanding heights of antebellum politics this book explores the intimate relationship between american slavery and american power. In his superb book this vast southern empire slaveholders at the helm of american foreign policy historian matthew karp argues slaveholders were worldly men the political and economic elites . 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 us foreign affairs slave holding elites formed their own confederacy not only as a desperate effort to preserve their property but as a
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