Table of Contents

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Prologue: A House Divided
Introduction: The Slave Power
Section I: The Age of Revolution

  • Chapter 1. Impious Prayers. Slavery and the Revolution
    The loudest yelps: Colonial complaints and the revolutionary paradox
    Nothing but chattel: Liberty, property, and slaves
    Inexcusable inconsistencies: Slavery and the call for abolition in revolutionary America
    What the enthusiasm of liberty could do: The Revolution, military service, and emancipation
  • Chapter 2. Half Slave and Half Free. The Founding of the United States
    With a whimper: The first emancipation
    A compact for the good of America: Slavery in the framing of the U.S. Constitution
    Thirteen other colonies: Slavery elsewhere in the Revolutionary Atlantic

Section II: The Early Republic

  • Chapter 3. A House Dividing. Atlantic Slavery and Abolition in the Era of the Early Republic
    To die for this liberty: Revolution and abolition in the Caribbean
    Revolutions for liberty: Revolution and abolition in Latin America
    How sweet the sound: Atlantic abolitionism and the slave trade
    An empire of slavery: Expansion and the slave power in the early republic

Chapter 4. To Become a Great Nation: Caste and Resistance in the Age of Emancipations

  • Liberty may become an evil: The problem of freedom in the postemancipation North
    Colonization, amalgamation, or annihilation: Enforcing caste society in the free states
    Colored citizens of the world: Black institution building and black agency in the early republic
    A right to fight for liberty: Revolutionary rebellion and retrenchment in the slave South

Section III: The Age of Immediatism

  • Chapter 5. Minds Long Set on Freedom: Rebellion, Metropolitan Abolition, and Sectional Conflict
    Black spirits and white: Slave rebellion and the foundations of radical abolitionism in the United States
  • Must not work again: Slave rebellion and metropolitan abolition in the Caribbean
    Undisguised truths: National showdowns over slavery in the United States
  • Chapter 6. Ere the Storm Come Forth: Antislavery Militance and the Collapse of Party Politics
    Yours for the slave: Militant antislavery activism before 1850
    Dangerous dalliances: Sectional conflicts and the political system, 1848-1860
    Chained together: Militant antislavery and the Fugitive Slave Law
    Mingled blood: Showdowns in Kansas and Virginia

Section IV: The Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Chapter 7. This Terrible War: Secession, Civil War, and Emancipation
    A pre-emptive conservative counter-revolution: The meaning of secession
    Baptized in blood: The election of 1860 and the sundering of the union
    politics by other means: Grand strategy in the Civil War
    Warfare by other means: The evolution of an emancipation policy
     Soldiers in war, citizens in peace: African Americans in arms and the coming of freedom
  • Chapter 8. One Hundred Years: Reconstruction
    Rehearsal for reconstruction: Wartime experiments in free labor
    Discourses on the negro question: The problem of labor in the postemancipation plantation zone
    A contest not closed: Presidential reconstruction
    A government thus outraged: Congressional reconstruction
    The tragic era: The undoing of reconstruction

Conclusion: What peace among the whites brought