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By Martha Jane Brazy

terribly prosperous and influential, Stephen Duncan (17871867) used to be a landowner, slaveholder, and financier with a striking array of social, fiscal, and political contacts in preCivil battle the USA. within the first biography of Duncan, Martha Jane Brazy paints a brand new portrait of antebellum lifestyles by means of exploring Duncan's multifacted networks between elites in either the South and the North. Duncan grew up in a well-to-do Pennsylvania relations with robust enterprise ties in Philadelphia. there has been little indication, although, that he may turn into a worldly entrepreneur who might personal over fifteen plantations in Mississippi and Louisiana, jointly enslaving greater than thousand slaves. With variety and substance, Martha Jane Brazy describes either the improvement of Duncan's companies and the lives of the slaves on whose hard work his empire used to be built. in line with Brazy, Duncan used to be a "hybrid," now not totally a southerner or a northerner. He was once additionally, Brazy exhibits, a paradox. even supposing he positioned down deep roots in Natchez, his sphere of impression was once nationwide in scope. even supposing his wealth used to be drastically depending on the slaves he owned, he estimated a conflict over the problem of slave possession approximately 3 a long time earlier than the onset of the Civil warfare. A fabricated from either North and South, Duncan illuminates how and whilst the areas have been contradictory and once they will be made suitable. probably greater than the other planter studied to date, Duncan breaks the mildew created through historians to provide an explanation for the southern slaveholding aristocracy. by means of connecting and contrasting the networks of this elite planter and people he enslaved, Brazy offers new insights into the "slaveocracy" of antebellum America.
AUTHOR BIO: Martha Jane Brazy is an assistant professor of background on the collage of South Alabama in Mobile.

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