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Excerpt from The Slave Power: Its Character, Career and Probable Designs: Being an Attempt to Explain the Real Issue Involved in the American Contest
IT is proper that I should state the circumstances under which the present volume is offered to the public. The substance of it formed the matter of a course of lectures delivered about a year since.
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First published in 1862, this analysis of the economic of slavery as a cause of the American Civil War did much to bring British public opinion to support the Union. Written by one of the foremost economists of the day, he argues that history is chiefly shaped by economic causes.About the Author:
JOHN E. CAIRNES (1823–1875) earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Trinity College in Dublin. He held the Whately professorship of political economy at the University of Dublin before being named professor of political economy and jurisprudence at Queen’s College in Galway in 1859. In 1866 Cairnes became professor of political economy at University College, London.
MARK M. SMITH received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he is now a professor of history. The author of Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South; Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South; and Listening to Nineteenth-Century America, Smith is also the editor of The Old South. He has published articles in a number of journals including the American Historical Review, Past and Present, the Journal of Southern History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and the Journal of the Historical Society. Smith lives in Columbia.
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