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The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It

Helper, Hinton Rowan

Published by A. B. Burdick, New York, 1860
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Octavo. X, [11]-420pp. Original blind-stamped cloth with gold lettering on spine. Written partly in North Carolina but published when the author was in the North, "The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It" argued that slavery hurt the economic prospects of non-slaveholders, and was an impediment to the growth of the entire region of the South. The book, which was a combination of statistical charts and provocative prose, attracted little attention until 1859 when it was widely reprinted in condensed form by Northern opponents of slavery. Helper concluded that slavery hurt the Southern economy overall (by preventing economic development and industrialization), and was the main reason why the South had progressed so much less than the North (according to the results of the 1850 census). Helper spoke on behalf of the majority of Southern whites of moderate means-the Plain Folk of the Old South-who he said were oppressed by a small (but politically dominant) aristocracy of wealthy slave-owners. This book generated a furor in the South, where authorities banned its possession and distribution and burned copies that could be seized. Between 1857 and 1861 nearly 150,000 copies of the book were circulated, and in 1860 the Republican party distributed it as a campaign document. In December 1859 Democrats returning to Congress reacted with indignation because 68 Republicans had endorsed the book and planned to use it as campaign literature in the presidential election of 1860. Opponents blocked the election of Republican John Sherman as speaker because he had endorsed the book. Spine sunned, with gold lettering faded. Head of spine slightly chipped. Minor and sporadic foxing/browning throughout. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 32789

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Title: The Impending Crisis of the South: How to ...

Publisher: A. B. Burdick, New York

Publication Date: 1860

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Reprint (Hundredth Thousand)

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