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River of Dark Dreams

Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

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$23.50 • £18.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674975385

Publication Date: 03/13/2017


560 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

27 halftones, 2 tables

Belknap Press


  • Introduction: Boom
  • 1. Jeffersonian Visions and Nightmares in Louisiana
  • 2. The Panic of 1835
  • 3. The Steamboat Sublime
  • 4. Limits to Capital
  • 5. The Runaway’s River
  • 6. Dominion
  • 7. “The Empire of the White Man’s Will”
  • 8. The Carceral Landscape
  • 9. The Mississippi Valley in the Time of Cotton
  • 10. Capital, Cotton, and Free Trade
  • 11. Tales of Mississippian Empire
  • 12. The Material Limits of “Manifest Destiny”
  • 13. “The Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny”
  • 14. The Ignominious Effort to Reopen the Slave Trade
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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