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Eugene Genovese, The World the Slaveholders Made: Two Essays in Interpretation (1988)

Eugene Genovese presents the idea that slave owners are less likely to harm a slave if they have owned them from early on in the slave's life. Because of the amount of time invested by a slave owner in a particular slave, the owner may gain a sense…

Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery (1995)

Economists Robert Fogel and Stanly Engerman take a financial look at the practice of slavery. Their main argument is that it makes economic sense for a slaveholder to keep his slaves healthy. A healthy slave can do more work than a sick or beaten one…

James A. Wynn Jr., Thomas Ruffin and the Perils of Public Homage: State v. Mann: Judicial Choice or Judicial Duty? (2009)

Judge James A. Wynn Jr. is a former Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and has offered insight into Thomas Ruffin's decision in State v. Mann. According to Wynn, North Carolina law had precedent that would allow Ruffin to reach a different…

Anne C. Loveland, Southern Evangelicals and the Social Order 1800-1860 (1980)

Many of the men that attended church every Sunday prior to the Civil War were the same men that owned slaves back at home. The practice of slavery seemed to contradict the teachings of the Bible. Loveland provides evidence that many ministers opposed…

Kent Blaser, "North Carolina and John Brown's Raid" (1978)

This article provides the best account of John Brown and how North Carolina reacted to the news of his raid on Harpers Ferry.


Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War (2008)

In the East, Confederates enjoyed springtime victories in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, but federal movements elsewhere in the Old Dominion gave cause for alarm. The Union General George McClellan's elaborately planned Peninsula Campaign involved…

Chandra Manning, "The Order of Nature Would Be Reversed: Slavery and the North Carolina Gubernatorial Election of 1864" (2008)

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Vance’s campaign and election matter because they highlight the role of racial fear in suppressing disaffection, in smoothing the tensions inherent in Confederate patriotism, and in keeping enlisted men committed to the war when the…