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Book Review 1 Slave Country: American Expansion and The Origins of the Deep South Adam Rothman Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005. 312 pages Slave Country Slave Country, is a book on early America and it tells the story of the rapid growth of slavery in the newly formed states. Slavery slowly disappeared from the northern states and the importation of captive Africans was prohibited. But, at the same time, the country's slave population grew, new plantation crops appeared, and several new slave states joined the Union. Adam Rothman explores how slavery grew a staggering amount in a new nation formed by the principle of equality among free men, and tells the consequences of U.S. expansion into the region…show more content…
Slave Country is and interesting take on slaveholding in the southern states and how it became not only common but also something to celebrate. This book notes the fears of people who believed in a great slave uprising conspiracy and how they came into being. Slave Country was good at pointing out the formation of the three dominant slave states and their ideology on slavery being both morally just and crucial to the economy. I believe, Rothman set out to explain why slavery expanded under the control of members of the revolutionary generation, and why it expanded particularly into the regions of the Louisiana Purchase. I am personally not into history books very much and this book reinforced that fact. I am though interested in history though, and that was what kept me going with Slave Country. Even though the read was slow and at times hard, the information that was being told was that of a newly formed nation and the beliefs of freedom were at that particular time. It is interesting to learn all of the facts, which this book so prevalently has, but it was more rewarding to have a knew found idea of how hard of a struggle it was to gain freedom for slaves and to form a nation that has evolved in to what it is today. If I happened to come across someone interested in the field of history I would definitely recommend this book because it is an eye opener, but the the average person most likely
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