by the antebellum period slavery was not a pre-modern or anti-modern institution
the development of mass production and more consumer goods is happening in the upper south as well as the north

how did a modernizing economy affect slavery?

To what extent could slaves act independently?

How complete was slavery?

slavery played a key role in American wealth
there is another part of this story, the wealth and raw materials from the south-central plantations, not covered by this book

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